Social Security Disability and Pain

There are many and various illnesses which could cause pain. In general, regardless of the cause of the pain, you must prove that you are unable to ambulate effectively on a sustained basis. The inability to ambulate effectively or inability to perform fine and gross movement effectively must have lasted, or be expected to last, for at least 12 months. In order for pain to be found to affect an individual’s ability to perform basic work activities, medical signs or laboratory findings must show the existence of medically determinable impairment(s) that could reasonably be expected to produce the pain. It is therefore important to evaluate the intensity and persistence of the pain carefully in order to determine its impact on your functioning.

Simply stating that you are suffering from severe pain is not enough to qualify you for Social Security Disability. You will need to provide proof of the pain, such as X-rays,, CAT scans and MRI tests. If there is no clinical evidence to support your disability claim, the Social Security Administration may send you to a consultative exam during the earlystages of the application process. The results of that exam will also be considered by the judge who is presiding over your disability appeal hearing.

Proving the severity of one’s pain and how that pain prevents an individual from performing work activity can be extremely challenging and difficult. Seeking help from a Social Security disability specialist is crucial when trying to obtain Social Security Disability benefits due to pain. We know how to gather the evidence necessary to prove your case and will be able to guide you through the disability process step-by-step. We will also prepare you for your hearing (if you need to attend) and will represent you when you appear before the Administrative Law Judge.


Please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/1.00-Musculoskeletal-Adult.htm for more information.