When people think of illness and their job, people usually think of getting ill and having to take a day or two off work. This could be economically problematic depending on if an employee has sick leave. But what if an employee has a chronic condition that makes it impossible for them to work for an extended period?
Fibromyalgia is one example of a chronic condition that negatively impacts the ability of many people to work. People with fibromyalgia may experience chronic fatigue, restless sleep, pain in various parts of the body, numbness in the feet or hands, impaired cognitive functioning and other issues. These symptoms can make it difficult or even impossible to work. If a worker's fibromyalgia prevents them from working for at least 12 months, then the worker may want to apply for Social Security disability benefits for illness.
Unfortunately, Social Security disability claims are often initially denied by the Social Security Administration. This is not the end of the road for claimants with disability, however. Claimants can appeal a denial, and many claimants find a Social Security disability attorney to be an asset in their quest.
David Dopkin, Attorney at Law, has over 20 years of experience handling Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income claims. He has helped many Houston claimants living with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and similar conditions. For more information on fibromyalgia and the services his firm provides, please see the fibromyalgia page on his website. His page on Social Security disability benefits for illness may also be of use to those who want more information on this topic.