Chronic Pain Disability Claims
Experienced Disability Lawyers Working for the Disability Benefits You Need
Chronic pain disability is very real but can be hard to prove. These types of claims are so difficult because pain is subjective. It cannot be shown through medical testing. No MRI or blood test can show the amount of pain you are feeling.
Our disability lawyers know that chronic pain is real. We know that it can interfere with your ability to work. More importantly, we know it can be difficult to file a chronic pain claim with your disability insurance company. But our experience can help you be successful in your chronic pain disability claim.
Why Is Chronic Pain Disability So Difficult To Prove?
Often, the cause of chronic pain is unknown. Your doctor might know you are suffering, but be unable to pinpoint the cause. This also makes chronic pain claims more difficult. For a disability insurance company, it is easy to dismiss a disability claim based on chronic pain due to a lack of evidence.
Chronic pain can get in the way of your work in many ways. It can physically prevent you from performing certain tasks or maintaining certain positions. It can also be distracting. It may prevent you from focusing on work duties. Also, the medications that treat chronic pain can cause serious side effects. These side effects can interfere with your ability to work.
There are some things you can do in order to successfully file a claim for chronic pain disability.
It is important that your medical records document ongoing and consistent treatment. We often recommend that clients see a pain management specialist. Additionally, keeping a pain journal to show the high and low points of pain throughout your day can be helpful.
Your treating doctors should do all that they can to document and explain your chronic pain. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, for example, make sure your doctor performs tender point testing. This is one of the leading ways to diagnose fibromyalgia.
Ultimately, as with any claim for disability, it is important that your doctors support you in your claim. Your doctors are the best resource you have. Letters, questionnaires, forms, and explanations from your doctors are strong additions to the medical records you should submit them with your claim.
How We Can Help
We often get asked, is chronic pain disability a valid claim and can I get long-term disability benefits? The answers are yes. It just might be difficult.
Our disability insurance lawyers have handled numerous cases based on chronic pain. We know how disability insurance companies operate and can help you build your strongest case. We can get you the long-term disability benefits you are entitled to.