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Social Security Disability and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Benefits and Filing

Published on April 30th, 2020

Have you recently been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)? There is no doubt you probably have some questions around what it takes to get approved for disability benefits when you carry this medical diagnosis. Since this can be an overwhelming process, it’s critical to ensure that you have the support of a Bronx, NY SSDI attorney to help you navigate the application or possible appeals process. In this article you will learn more about what it means to be diagnosed and treated with this condition and why having a lawyer to assist you with your disability application is so critical to the outcome.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a condition in which the patient’s nerves are damaged and therefore are unable to regulate blood flow in the right way. This condition is usually diagnosed based on symptoms such as intense skin sensitivity, thinning skin, muscle and bone pain, stiffening of the joints, and increased perspiration.

Advanced Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a serious matter and will heavily influence the patient’s day to day life. This can even lead to irreversible issues like muscle wasting, ongoing pain, and chronic muscle contracture. For a patient living with this condition, daily life is painful due to the difficulties associated with walking and moving.

What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?

RSD is a disorder that causes an afflicted patient serious pain. It most often shows up in a patient’s leg or arm and can occur after a heart attack, stroke, or other form of injury. The pain that the patient suffers is often much worse than the initial incident that caused RSD. Although it’s not possible for doctors to identify why ever case of RSD occurs, many cases can be treated effectively. RSD simply refers to the same condition as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; RSD is an older term that was used to describe the same symptoms and issues.

What doctors do know about CRPS/RSD is that it might come from problems in the patient’s sympathetic nervous system, which control’s the body’s heart rate and blood pressure.

Can I Get Disability Benefits for RSD?

A diagnosis of this condition on its own is usually not enough to trigger an approved application for SSDI benefits. However, after you sit down with a Bronx, NY SSDI attorney, you’ll have a better sense of the evidence you need to submit in order to show that your condition is serious enough to cause you pain regularly and to make it impossible for you to work.

When the SSA looks at your application, the primary concern is whether or not your CRPS symptoms are so severe and painful that you really can’t be expected to work. The agents looking at your application will be evaluating your medical records to determine if your condition meets the requirements of a “medically determinable impairment.” This means that your doctor must have presented findings in your medical records showing that there are physical issues associated with your diagnosis.

Secondly, the SSA will evaluate whether you’re able to do your old job that you had prior to being diagnosed with this condition. This is known as an assessment if abilities and is carried out by the SSA under the umbrella of a residual functional capacity assessment. The purpose here is to figure out how your current management of your CRPS impacts your work-related job tasks. In addition to looking at your medical records, other people in your life might be asked about how you cope with your CRPS condition. In some cases, you might even be referred to a doctor to be evaluated for your consultative examination for further review.

Do I Really Need a Bronx, NY SSDI Attorney?

You can begin the process of applying for SSDI benefits on your own, but this is not recommended. Getting the support of a dedicated lawyer is the best way to ensure that you understand your rights and duties during this application process. Having the right evidence submitted at the outset of the case will make it much more likely that you will be working towards approval.

Your case can become much more complex if you are denied SSDI benefits for your RSD diagnosis. The appeals process can be confusing for most people, and it’s beneficial to have a lawyer at your side who knows the common reasons these claims are denied and how to respond. If your medical condition prevents you from working, let your lawyer argue this. It can be very hard to show to people who don’t know you just how severe your condition is. Knowing what to expect and gathering this evidence with the support of an attorney can make a big difference; call a Bronx, NY SSDI lawyer today.


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