Social Security Disability For Fibromyalgia
A Proven Record With Fibromyalgia Claims And Other Tough-To-Win Disability Cases
The pain of fibromyalgia can be devastating and often prevents any type of substantial work. Yet fibromyalgia is one of the toughest Social Security Disability (SSD) claims to win.
The law firm of Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P., has an outstanding record of success in winning fibromyalgia claims under Social Security Disability. We were one of the first law firms in the New York area to win a pure fibromyalgia claim. We were able to have success with these claims because we did our research and spoke to members of support groups to learn everything we could about the condition. We were then able to walk into court and fully explain the condition to a Social Security judge. We have since won literally hundreds of claims based upon this terribly disabling (but often misunderstood) condition.
Why Is It So Hard To Get Benefits For Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is defined by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) as widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum duration of three months and at least 11 of the 18 specified tender points that cluster around the neck and shoulder, chest, hip, knee and elbow regions. There is no cure.
Disability benefits for fibromyalgia are elusive because the condition has few objective markers such as X-ray or MRI evidence. The symptoms are “subjective,” meaning that they are based primarily upon what the patient reports. Twenty years ago, this lack of objective medical evidence caused the Social Security Administration and many administrative law judges to reject fibromyalgia claims and label them as psychological in nature. Over the years, the hardworking Social Security attorneys of Turley Redmond & Rosasco have educated judges about this condition and we regularly win these cases when we have the support of the claimant’s treating doctor.
Our firm takes pride in winning these difficult cases. In fact, TRR was among the first SSD attorneys to secure benefits for fibromyalgia. He is recognized as a pioneer and a leader who trains other disability lawyers. Turley Redmond & Rosasco has handled Social Security Disability claims for 25 years, serving clients from Long Island and throughout the New York area.
Winning SSD Benefits For Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is not a listed impairment in part because it is not rigidly defined or easily diagnosed. It manifests differently from person to person, parallels other medical conditions and the subjective symptoms (pain, fatigue, fogginess) defy measurement. However, the Social Security Administration has provided guidance to fibromyalgia claimants through a special ruling, and our attorneys are thoroughly familiar with these criteria.
Qualifying for SSD benefits for fibromyalgia requires:
- Evidence of chronic, widespread pain
- Evidence that other conditions have been ruled out
- “Tender points” in specific areas of the body
- Repeated instances of multiple fibromyalgia symptoms
Our lawyers are familiar with these medical criteria and how to portray the tangible impact of pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, cognitive problems and other symptoms on the ability to concentrate and function in the workforce.
Attorneys Who Get Results In These Difficult Cases
Your best chance of obtaining Social Security Disability for fibromyalgia is to work with a lawyer who has actually prevailed in fibromyalgia claims, hearings and appeals. Call Turley Redmond & Rosasco toll-free at 800-671-4927 or contact us online.
We offer a free consultation, with offices across Long Island.