Can I Get Social Security for Fibromyalgia? (Part 1) –
We understand that if you are suffering from Fibromyalgia, you are in very real pain, and likely overwhelmed by your inability to return to the workplace. On top of that you may be experiencing frustration or even depression brought on by your debilitating symptoms – and the lack of understanding you receive from medical professionals and employers.
Our experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys understand that your illness and your pain is very real. And we are here to help you get the Social Security benefits you deserve.
But, unfortunately, while many individuals with Fibromyalgia file for Social Security disability benefits, very few cases are actually approved to receive benefits. There are a number of reasons for these denials. In this two part article our experienced Social Security attorneys explain why it is so hard to collect Social Security for Fibromyalgia, and how you can improve your chances of being approved for benefits.
Reasons for Social Security Denial for Fibromyalgia
First, the Social Security Administration relies on a “Listing of Impairments Manual” (called the “Blue Book”) that lists illnesses that are considered for disability. And, unfortunately, Fibromyalgia is NOT listed in this manual. So you are “in for a fight” from day one with a fibromyalgia Social Security Claim.
Secondly, the symptoms and the causes of Fibromyalgia are not completely understood yet. And the illness can vary greatly from one person to the next. On top of that there is not a “blood test” or “x-ray” or other definitive “test” for Fibromyalgia. So proving that you (1.) have Fibromyalgia, and (2.) that it renders you unable to work can be an uphill battle – even though YOU know it is very real.
This does mean that you cannot get Social Security Disability for fibromyalgia. It just means that it will be much harder to convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are disabled – because it is not “on their list” and there is no “test” for it.
This is where an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney can be of great help. We have handled hundreds of Social Security Disability Cases, so we know what the SSA is looking for – and how to prove it – so that you have the best chance of getting your benefits.
Proving Disability from Fibromyalgia for Social Security
As with any case for Social Security Disability, if you have fibromyalgia you must demonstrate to the SSA that:
- You have a medical condition that can be proved and documented
- The medical condition is expected to last for at least 12 months
- The medical condition prevents you from performing ANY work in the general economy (not just your previous job)
When processing your Social Security claim for Fibromyalgia, the SSA will base their decision on your medical records, opinions from doctors and specialists (yours and theirs), and statements from you, and interviews with your family members or employers, etc. They will assess things such as how long you can stand, sit, and walk, how much you can lift, and how well you can focus and remember instructions – to determine if they think you are able to work.
This process can be overwhelming for an individual suffering from Fibromyalgia. So, even more so than in other cases, hiring a Social Security attorney to file for (or appeal a denial of) benefits for fibromyalgia can really make all of the difference in getting an approval.
Social Security Attorneys Can Help Win Fibromyalgia Cases
Not only will our experienced Social Security Fibromyalgia attorneys take the paperwork and documentation burden off of you – they understand the law and know what the SSA is “looking for”. Our disability lawyers are familiar with recent Social Security rulings on fibromyalgia, as well as the latest court decisions on when disability should be granted for fibromyalgia.
This knowledge can mean that we may be able to obtain Social Security Benefits for you for fibromyalgia when you could not on your own.
CLICK HERE for Part 2 of Social Security for Fibromyalgia
Social Security Attorneys for Fibromyalgia
Remember, since there is no listing for Fibromyalgia in Social Security’s guide for approving medical conditions (Blue Book), the burden of proving you are totally disabled is on you and your attorneys. total disability and achieving disability benefits because of an FM diagnosis can be difficult because there are no specific criteria for approval.
Our experienced Social Security attorneys have helped many Fibromyalgia sufferers in California collect the maximum amount of Social Security Disability benefits to which they are entitled. Call us today and let our attorneys help you collect the Social Security Disability benefits for which you qualify.
Social Security Disability Attorneys for Fibromyalgia: 562-622-4800.
Social Security Disability attorneys for Los Angeles, Orange County & Southern California, including: Anaheim, Carson, Bellflower, Compton, Downey, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Habra, La Mirada, Lakewood, Lomita, Long Beach, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Torrance, Wilmington, Whittier and Yorba Linda.