A recent study in Arthritis Care and Research highlighted the experience of fibromyalgia patients applying for Social Security Disability Income. Although diagnostic procedures have increased in specificity, it has been a slow road for fibromyalgia patients to receive SSDI benefits.
The study looked at 2,321 patients over a period of four years, finding that approximately 35 percent of those patients were currently receiving disability benefits. Those patients with rheumatoid arthritis with concomitant fibromyalgia, were, on the whole, more successful at obtaining benefits: nearly 56 percent of those patients were on disability at the time of the research study. Researchers determined that the strongest predictor of receiving disability benefits for fibromyalgia patients was their level of functionality.
Some patients might apply for disability benefits and simply get frustrated with the red tape surrounding them after an initial denial. If your condition prevents you from working, you need to speak with a disability attorney to have your case evaluated. As more research comes forth about the impacts of fibromyalgia, you need to count on legal representation that knows the ropes. Don't give up on your claim if you have initially been denied. An experienced disability benefits lawyer will work with you to complete your appeals paperwork, answer your pertinent questions about the disability application process and receiving disability, and can even represent you at hearings.
Entering into the world of applying for SSDI benefits can be overwhelming and confusing. Too many patients give up after they have gone through the application process, possibly losing out on important disability benefits that could make their life and their family's life much easier. If you are looking at a denied claim and wondering about your options, contact an SSDI attorney to discuss your individual case. You may be eligible for disability benefits and should consult with an attorney about the best way to get them.