Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are difficult to prove in the Massachusetts Social Security disability application process. Because the symptoms are caused by something you do repeatedly every day at work, they arise slowly, and it is sometimes difficult to say when the condition began and how long it has taken to develop.
Visit Your Doctor Immediately and Document Your Treatment
For this reason, you should visit a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms. If your disorder has progressed beyond the early stage, see a doctor now. First, you can get some relief, and second, you can begin to document your treatment.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) qualifying process looks at a number of factors in determining if your condition is severe enough for you to receive benefits. Some of these factors are:
- Your condition must be permanent and prevent you from working.
- Your condition must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months.
- You must be unable to earn more than $1,000 per month.
- You must have a fairly consistent work history and paid Social Security.
- You must be able to document that all of the above requirements are true.
SSA Recommends Getting Help From A Lawyer
The SSA suggests that all applicants get some kind of help when applying for disability. Because more applications than ever are coming in each year and more than 60% of these are denied the first time they are received, this government agency actually urges you to get a lawyer. Their website states: "Having representation will help you to know and understand your options in the case of a denial. In addition, an experienced lawyer or advocate can help to organize paperwork and medical records, prepare you or your witnesses for hearing, and will likely have a vast amount of previous experience dealing with SSA offices and judges in your area."
Talk To a Disability Lawyer Today
Call us today and let us get started on your disability claim. Our team at Keefe Disability Law will make your needs our priority and give you the best representation in the state of Massachusetts. We can be reached toll free at 888-904-6847.