Social Security Disability due to chronic fatigue syndrome

Indiana residents may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits if they suffer from a medical impairment serious enough to prevent them from working. Making a determination can be relatively straightforward when applicants have had heart attacks or suffer from widely diagnosed conditions like cancer or Parkinson's disease, but the SSD guidelines contain no specific criteria for evaluating the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The problem is that CFS is a complex medical condition that cannot be explained by a single underlying medical disorder. When assessing CFS disability claims, Social Security examiners look for at least two constitutional symptoms and three limitations. Constitutional symptoms include fever, involuntary weight loss, fatigue and malaise. Examples of limitations include difficulty maintaining social functioning, restrictions on daily living, and being unable to complete tasks on time because of problems with pace, persistence or concentration.

Other factors considered by Social Security examiners in CFS cases include mental impairments and physical manifestations associated with the condition. When examiners are not able to identify the required number of constitutional symptoms and limitations, disability claims may still be approved if the applicant's suffering is so severe that it places extreme limits on their day-to-day activities. This is because the granting of disability benefits is based on the applicant's ability to function and not their specific medical impairments.

Most Social Security Disability applications are initially unsuccessful, and it may be prudent for individuals who will be applying for these benefits to consult with Indianapolis, Indiana, attorneys handling Social Security Disability claims before submitting their paperwork. Attorneys could ensure that application forms and other documents are filled out correctly, and they could also assess the medical evidence that will be sent in to support the claim. Attorneys could also advocate on behalf of applicants if their claims are denied.

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