Many of the claimants seen by any Augusta disability law firm experience chronic pain as a result of their disability. There are many medical impairments that cause severe and debilitating pain that makes doing any sort of normal work activity fruitless. Unfortunately, these disability cases can be difficult to prove because there are no objective medical tests or exams that can be performed to prove pain. Pain, unlike most physiological symptoms, manifests only in the patient’s subjective experience. If your symptoms include pain, and you are considering applying for disability benefits, you should understand that your claim might come down to how credible your statements about your pain are. These are the questions the Social Security Administration will consider:
- Is there objective medical evidence that you have a “medically determinable impairment” that is likely to cause your pain?
- How intensely and persistently do you experience pain, and how does it impact your physical movements or your ability to perform activities?
Your credibility is vital to establishing your disability. This means that your statements about your pain must be consistent with the objective medical evidence that you and your Augusta disability law firm submit.
What Is Objective Medical Evidence?
The first question listed above is crucial to any claim for Social Security disability benefits. One of the requirements to qualify for disability is that you have an impairment that can be shown by objective evidence and that manifests in physiological or psychological abnormalities. In other words, you need to be able to present lab reports or doctor’s findings that you have such an impairment. It is not enough to simply say that you are in intense pain, even if that is the truth. If you cannot produce evidence of an impairment that is reasonably likely to cause your pain, you will not meet the requirements for disability.
Contact an Augusta Disability Law Firm
Talk to an Augusta disability law firm For more information on how to qualify for disability, contact an Augusta disability law firm.