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Chronic Pain and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Chronic pain can be quite a debilitating condition which can cause an individual so much pain that it even can prevent them from performing on the job. Fortunately, there is support for individuals who suffer from conditions such as chronic pain syndrome who can receive social security disability insurance to help support them while living day to day with chronic pain syndrome. Here we will review the steps Social Security takes in order to qualify a patient suffering from chronic pain for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
First, Social Security Disability Insurance is a payroll tax funded initiative which is funded through the FICA taxes that you had paid during your time of employment.
Social Security is also obtainable as a retirement program is one does not qualify for disability coverage.
An individual qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance if they cannot perform the way they used to and cannot get back to the way they used to be due to their current disability and is not expected to go away in less that a year or more.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI for chronic pain, you must first verify that you do not make more than $940/mo through an employer.
Second, if you make less than the amount that cannot be exceeded in current earnings, the chronic pain syndrome or condition must be severe enough that it hinders performance, or does not allow a person to perform the basic activities of their job including physical movements, the ability to communicate properly, ability to handle changes in the work environment, in addition to the individual’s mental capability to handle instructions and be able to focus on their job despite the level of pain being experienced due to the chronic pain syndrome in order to qualify for SSDI for chronic pain.
The third step usually will involve a clinical test where the individual’s impairment due to chronic pain can be verified. The tests performed are a mix between diagnostic exams such as the level of pain experienced during certain activities or the response thereof as well as an interview about the experiences caused by the chronic pain condition. Some of the items questioned include items such as that of how it has affected their work performance in the past, how severe the pain may get in certain situations, where the pain is actually taking place, how many and what types of medications have they been on as they attempt to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, in addition to what they have tries at home to alleviate the chronic pain that is experienced such as memory foam mattresses, exercise, diet or other types of preventative measures.
Next, if this stage is reached, the Social Security Administration will look a bit more in detail in regards to your Social Security Disability Insurance claim in relation to your actual workplace environment.
The question they will most likely be asking is “Doe the individual’s level of pain really affect their ability to perform their job?”
They will indeed analyze this in detail in order to determine whether the person attempting to receive SSDI really has a verified need for the Social Security Disability Insurance for chronic pain.
If the claimant has verified that they cannot perform the normal duties of their past job due to chronic pain symptoms, the final step would be to determine if there IS a job out there that the individual can actually take on despite their level of pain.
In this step they will review the individual’s past work experience and their current condition, while taking into consideration the age and level of education the individual has completed.
Again, this all takes into account the age of the individual in comparison to the level of performance and skill they can handle in the work place. If they cannot perform the basic job functions of that of a sedentary job, then they would usually consider the individual as disabled and qualify them for Social Security Disability Insurance for chronic pain.
Overall, the conditions of chronic pain syndrome can be so hard on an individual that they lose the ability to even lift an amount of weight that a normal person could easily pick up.
The pain can become so unbearable that even a job which only asks that they remain seated can become a painful and uncomfortable task. For more information on chronic back pain and Social Security Disability, chronic pain syndrome and SSDI and more, we recommend visiting the Social Security Administration’s website at http://www.ssa.gov/dibplan/dqualify.htm for more information.