Can I Go On Disability For Fibromyalgia?
| Can I Qualify For Disability Allowance With Fibromyalgia?
Yes, it is possible to go on disability for fibromyalgia but the application process can be lengthy. If a person is considered 'disabled' she has a physical or mental disorder which prevents her from working and the condition is expected to last at least 12 months. However to be eligible for disability payment (called Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI) you must have worked for at least 5 of the last 10 years and have paid into the SSDI program. It should be noted that simply receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis is not enough to qualify you for disability. Many women with fibromyalgia symptoms are not disabled, so you will need to prove that your symptoms are so severe that you can't continue working. A doctor's note stating he recommends disability is not enough. Your doctor will need to provide a detailed medical report specifically stating your symptoms and the affect they have on your life. It should note for example, the length of time you can sit, stand or walk. It should note the level of pain, if you suffer depression and how this has interfered with your ability to carry out daily tasks. Ideally, if your symptoms have worsened, your doctor will have noted this in your medical history. For example he may say something like this: 'Patient requires to sit at a desk for her job, she used to be able to do this for several hours without pain, now she can only last 20 minutes'.
So Who Can Qualify?
The SSDI uses the following criteria to make a decision:
1. If you are able to work (even if it's only part-time) and earn more than $1,010 a month as an employee, you are not eligible.
Bottom Line: As you can see, claiming disability can be a lengthy procedure and you may even need to appeal a decision if it goes against you. The national average acceptance rate is 36 percent, that is, 36 percent of people who apply for disability for fibromyalgia get accepted. To improve your chances of being accepted, you may consider hiring a disability representative. These are lawyers or companies that primarily work with SSDI claims. If you use a representative, ask them for their statistical success rate, it really should be higher than the national average to validate their fees. Ideally choose a a firm that is recognized by the Better Business Bureau.
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