Qualifying for SSDI with a Chronic Pain Disability
After a serious car accident, Kathy struggled with severe chronic back pain and was forced to give up her home business. We helped her win by showing that her severe pain made it hard for her to sit, stand, and walk.
One of the most common reasons that people can’t work is because of chronic pain. Many people develop chronic pain after having worked hard all their lives.
Construction workers, nursing home attendants, and restaurant workers, for example, engage in hard work that can wear out their bodies. Years of hard, physical work and work-related injuries can stress your back and hips, causing degenerative disc disease.
Car accidents can cause whiplash, crushed vertebrae, and other injuries.
Chronic pain is distracting and can interfere with concentration at work. Pain can make it hard to do everyday tasks that involve standing, walking, and lifting.
But, it isn’t easy to prove disability based on chronic pain. There is no lab test to prove that someone has chronic pain or how severe it is.
Social Security looks at a number of things when deciding whether your pain makes you disabled:
- Your daily activities
- The intensity, frequency, and duration of your pain
- What causes or worsens your pain
- Your medicines and other treatments, how well they work, and their side effects
- Other information about how pain limits your functioning
It can be easier to get disability if you have difficulty standing and walking and you are age 50 or older and your past jobs required a lot of standing and walking.
We understand that people in chronic pain often also struggle with depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety are normal responses to chronic pain and being disabled.
We have a lot of experience working with chronic pain cases and have won many cases for clients with chronic pain. If you have chronic pain, please call us at 651-633-4882 for a free evaluation.