What are some tips for winning a fibromyalgia disability case?

When it comes to disability, just about any physical limitation or symptom can disable a person. However, in order to win a Social Security disability case in the Philadelphia region, you will have to demonstrate that you are unable to work. In the end, your capacity to work is the hinge point of a win or a loss. Unfortunately, more and more judges are raising serious questions about cases involving a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

The increased scrutiny judges give to fibromyalgia cases may stem from the belief that the condition is simply a “wastebasket diagnosis.” The solution to this scrutiny is working to make your fibromyalgia case as strong as possible. Below are a few tips that may help support your case in the eyes of the courts.

Help your Social Security disability lawyer gather the right evidence. Examples include long-term treatment notes from medical care providers, medical records and expert testimony showing that you have complied with treatment recommendations.

Provide evidence detailing how hard you have worked to acquire the right diagnosis and treatment. Classic fibromyalgia patients have usually put a lot of effort into getting relief for their condition. Proof of your search for help and your history of medical care can strengthen your case.

Be as prepared as possible for your court hearings. This means becoming familiar with the kind of questions you will be asked and having a ready response. If you work with a Social Security disability lawyer, he or she can help you get prepared.

These are just a few tips to help you get started. Avoid the urge to give up and accept your fate. Instead, understand that you deserve to receive the Social Security disability that you so desperately need.

Source: National Pain Report, “Winning Your Fibromyalgia Social Security Disability Case,” Donna Gregory Burch, Aug. 18, 2016