Medical Conditions And Your Pain
When Disability Strikes, Make Sure You Document It!
A disabling illness or injury affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. You may get used to living with it even though it still affects your life on a daily basis. You may not share every detail with your family, but do not hold back when you are talking to your doctor. Medical evidence is vital in your application and appeal.
We have offices in New Albany and Madison, but we represent individuals throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
At Stephenson Disability Services, we know how to help you build your case. We have a lawyer who specializes in Social Security and SSI disability law as well as a former Social Security Administration supervisor at our firm with decades of experience. We know the SSA’s methods and processes for disability determination. We can help you gather the necessary medical documentation and represent you in your hearing.
It Isn’t Enough To Seek Treatment. Detail Your Pain And Impairment.
The SSA defines a disability as a physical or mental condition or a combination of impairments that prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity. The SSA’s listing of impairments defines eligibility criteria for a number of specific injuries and illnesses. Even if your condition is not on this list or is hard to measure, you may still qualify for benefits.
When building your case for disability benefits, it is not enough to seek treatment. You need a comprehensive narrative of your medical conditions and your pain. In visits with your doctor, it is important that you define exactly how your disability affects you. Be as detailed as possible.
- How long does the pain last?
- What parts of your body does the pain affect?
- Is the pain constant or do you experience it in waves?
- Do certain activities aggravate the pain?
- How does your pain restrict your daily activities?
- How does it limit you at work or prevent you from working?
- Does it take you longer to do chores? Why?