What can I do to secure my fibromyalgia disability claim?

You’ve been living with excruciating pain for most of your adult life. However, over the past few months, the pain has worsened to the point where you can barely get out of bed, let alone go to work. Your doctor has diagnosed you with fibromyalgia and has attempted several different treatments to get you back on your feet. Unfortunately, none of them are working that well. As a result, your employer has decided to “let you go” for missing too many days of work.

Now, medical bills, rent, and living expenses are piling up and you’re not sure what to do about them. Your family suggested that you apply for disability, but you’re not sure if your disorder is covered by Social Security.

What can you do? Will your claim be denied if you file? How can you ensure your claim is solid enough for approval?

Strengthening Your Claim

Due to the lack of proper research into the causes and consequences of fibromyalgia, the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t have a specific disability listing for the disorder. As such, filing a claim solely based on having fibromyalgia can prove to be difficult. However, although no specific listing exists, the SSA has recently published a ruling for administrative law judges—the judges who determine disability acceptance)—to help determine and assess fibromyalgia claims on a case-by-case basis.

Although this publication has drastically increased the number of approved fibromyalgia claims, many suffers are still being declined benefits. To help ensure that your claim receives the proper attention it deserves, make sure you have the following items included in your case.

  • Accurate medical reports. For disability approval, the severity of your disorder must be proven.
  • Documentation of severity. Merely claiming that you have the disorder isn’t enough. You must have documented proof showing how badly the disorder is affecting your everyday life, and how it keeps you from working.
  • Signed documentation from a rheumatologist (specialized doctor in joint and tissue pain). The SSA is more inclined to discuss a fibromyalgia claim if the disorder has been verified by a specialist.
  • A straightforward explanation of how your case qualifies for disability. Personal accounts of pain and inabilities can help shed light on why you need disability benefits as a result of being unable to work.
  • Legal representation. An experienced disability attorney can increase your chances of approval, not only by arguing on your behalf, but also by clearly stating your case to the judge as well as gathering the necessary documentation you need.

Improving Your Chances for Approval

Before filing your disability claim for severe fibromyalgia, contact us first. We’ll make sure that you have all the necessary documentation, requirements, knowledge, and confidence to ensure increased odds of approval. We know how to argue your case, and we won’t rest until you get the benefits you deserve. Call now for a free consultation and review of your claim. We’re waiting to help you!

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John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer