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  • Benefits for Fibromyalgia Patients

     

    Winterhaven Social Security Disability LawyersFibromyalgia is a serious and debilitating pain condition afflicting many Americans each year. The condition is marked by tenderness and discomfort in a number of areas across the body, and is often treated with narcotic pain medication. As most Winterhaven Social Security disability lawyers can attest, continuing to work full-time while suffering from the effects of fibromyalgia is difficult if not impossible for many patients. If you are one of the thousands of Americans suffering from fibromyalgia and are considering disability benefits, our Winterhaven Social Security disability attorneys can help you compile your evidence and submit your claim.

    Winterhaven Social Security Disability Attorneys Discuss the SSA’s Symptom Requirements

    Under SSA guidelines, applicants for fibromyalgia disability benefits must meet certain criteria before becoming eligible for monthly payments. As your Winterhaven Social Security disability lawyers will explain further, the SSA’s guidelines are generally set forth in its Blue Book, which includes a list of diagnostic criteria SSA agents must consider when making a decision to render benefits. Your Winterhaven Social Security disability lawyers can help you determine if you meet the fibromyalgia threshold, which includes a finding of the following:

    • a history of widespread pain across all areas of the body;
    • at least 11 tender points on a physical examination; and
    • exclusion of other disorders as the cause of the pain, including laboratory testing measuring complete blood counts, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, anti-nuclear antibodies, thyroid function, and rheumatoid factors

    As your Winterhaven Social Security disability attorneys will explain, the SSA requires medical evidence supporting the assertion that the patient has 11 tender points on his or her body, including the base of the skull, lower back, shoulder blades, second rib, outer aspect of the elbow, top of the buttocks, below the hip and the inner aspect of the knee.

    Your Winterhaven Social Security disability lawyers will also address the additional fibromyalgia diagnostic requirements set forth in the updated 2010 ACR Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria, which requires a finding of six or more fibromyalgia symptoms including fatigue, mental fogginess, not waking refreshed, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome or cognitive problems.

    Contact Our Winterhaven Social Security Disability Lawyers Today

    If you are suffering from the effects of fibromyalgia and would like to speak to one of our renowned Winterhaven Social Security disability lawyers about your condition, we encourage you to contact the attorneys at Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto by calling (800) 900-7734 today.

  • Guidelines to Prevent Surveillance Video and Social Media from Damaging Your Case

    Social media is a powerful tool to spread a message, and your case is no exception. Your personal injury attorney will have to anticipate the opposing attorney manipulating information on social media to discredit your injury claim. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to safeguard your case from social media and online video.

  • FAQ: Can I Still Work and Receive Benefits?

    Lakeland Social Security disability attorneysSome disability claimants want to know if they can work part-time and still qualify for disability. The answer is that it is possible, but there are certain restrictions you should be aware of which your Hardee County Social Security disability lawyer can explain.

    You should try to keep your income below what the Social Security Administration calls the “trial work period services” amount. This threshold is adjusted every year; in 2010 it was $720 per month. When calculating your income to see if you fall under the threshold, count your gross income, not your take-home pay. Your gross income will be averaged over the numbers of months you have worked.

    If you need more income than the trial work period threshold, you may want to work at less than the “substantial gainful activity” level (which is a higher threshold). However, the rules for this are more complicated as your Hardee County Social Security disability attorney will explain.

    Income is averaged when determining your income level. If you are making out-of-pocket payments to treat your disabling impairment, you get to subtract it from your income, as well as sick pay and vacation pay. You may be able to deduct some other work-related expenses according to your Hardee County Social Security disability lawyer. However, some things that you might assume are deductible, such as health insurance, are not. For this reason, it can be tricky to use deductions to try to bring your income below the substantial gainful activity because you are not sure what will be counted.

    To find out more about how you can work and still qualify for disability, talk to a Hardee County Social Security disability lawyer. Call the attorneys at Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto at 1-800-900-7734.