Chronic Pain and Social Security Disability

In Tallahassee, more people suffer chronic pain than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.  Chronic pain is defined as an ongoing or recurrent pain that continues long after the body has healed from an acute illness or injury. This overlooked condition is estimated to affect about 116 million American adults, according to a recent Institute of Medicine report. That’s more than the total number of people affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined.

The Social Security Administration is required to consider pain and the limitations it causes when considering an application for Social Security Disability benefits. However, simply telling the SSA that you have chronic pain will not get you approved. Proving that you qualify for benefits because of your chronic pain is harder than most others because of the fact that your pain cannot be tested and is not observable. To make yourself more credible, it is important to make sure that you document how your chronic pain affects your activities of daily living, as well as the effects on your mental and emotional health. Without meeting a specific impairment listing provided by the Social Security Administration, you will most likely be denied in your initial application.  A Tallahassee disability attorney can help you win your appeal if your initial application is denied.

If you are denied at the initial application stage and would like help from a Tallahassee Social Security Disability lawyer, contact the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut to get the help and preparation you need for your disability hearing.

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