Over time, people living with polymyositis typically find that their symptoms become increasingly severe. Eventually, it may become difficult to do such important activities as speak, swallow, and breathe normally. The condition affects the connective tissues in the body, resulting in inflammation and weakness in the muscles. Unfortunately, the condition may also make it impossible to work, which creates a great deal of financial strain for victims and their families.
Medical Records and Disability Benefits for Polymyositis
After a diagnosis of polymyositis, there may be options available to help you deal with the financial strain that comes from living with this condition. The Social Security Administration recognizes polymyositis as an impairment and will provide benefits to sufferers in many circumstances. To obtain these benefits, you must provide a crucial piece of evidence: your medical records. These records consists of a great deal of valuable information, including the following:
- Statements and treatment notes provided by your treating physician. He or she must be a licensed professional with a history of treating polymyositis in order to be qualified to comment on your condition and prognosis.
- Summaries of any hospital stays.
- Reports obtained from imaging studies such as x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
- Results obtained from any blood work that you had done.
- Reports relating to any physical therapy that you have received.
Even when a medical condition is recognized by the Social Security Administration as an impairment, it can often be difficult to navigate the disability benefits application process. Fortunately, you are entitled to seek assistance from an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. We are here to help. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.