Is chronic pain preventing you from performing the functions of your job? If you are suffering from chronic pain, there could be a number of difficult obstacles to overcome in order to secure the Social Security Disability benefits you need. To make sure you have every opportunity for success, it is in your best interest to work with a knowledgeable attorney.
At Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis, we understand the difficulties faced by chronic pain sufferers. We have achieved many favorable outcomes for clients throughout eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. By focusing exclusively on local clients, we are able to provide the one-on-one representation they deserve.
Do not let your chronic pain discourage you. To schedule an appointment with one of the dedicated St. Louis chronic pain disability attorneys from our firm, please call 314-231-6660 or toll free at 877-213-7793.
Finding the Source of Your Chronic Pain
According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain can best be described as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. Its treatment can involve endless medications and cycles of physical therapy. In most cases, however, you will need to prove that your disability has kept you from finding work for at least a year to qualify for disability benefits.
In order to successfully pursue a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Social Security Administration (SSA) will require proof of your disability. This can be difficult, however, as chronic pain is not always easily explained through traditional diagnoses. The SSA will judge your pain based on whether it prevents you from functioning for eight hours in the workplace.
Our lawyers will work closely with your doctors to determine the cause of your chronic pain, and whether it can be linked to a condition such as arthritis or a workplace injury. We can help you present the strongest possible claim that thoroughly documents the severity of your pain and its limitations.
You Must Be Unable to Work for a Period of 12 Months
To receive disability benefits, your disability does not have to be permanent. It must prevent you from working for a period of 12 continuous months. Even if you are unable to work for 12 months, recover and are then able to return, you can be eligible for back pay. This situation is commonly known as a "closed period" of disability.
To learn more about your rights, contact our firm today to speak to a seasoned Social Security Disability attorney.