If you have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), you may be wondering if it’s possible to receive disability benefits. We’ll discuss an overview of this condition along with addressing common questions that relate to Social Security disability.
Overview of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Complex regional pain syndrome is a form of chronic pain. Depending on the type of CRPS, it can also be known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). This chronic pain occurs usually in the arm or leg and develops after an injury, surgery, stroke, or heart attack. The exact cause of complex regional pain syndrome isn’t well understood but may involve abnormal inflammation or nerve dysfunction. The pain of this condition is greater than would be expected from the injury that causes it. Typically, CRPS is a permanent disability as there is no cure for it.
Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome a Disability?
The Social Security Administration recognizes CRPS is a potential cause of disability. Thus, some people wonder if they or a loved one can get disability benefits for complex regional pain syndrome. The short answer is yes, it is possible to receive Social Security disability benefits, but one must be eligible. While there is not a specific listing for CRPS, it is often times a severe impairment. Learn more about the Social Security Administration’s eligibility requirements.
It may be more challenging to get disability benefits for this condition since there is no specific test at this time to diagnose it. Therefore, it is important to have consistent treatment and consistent subjective complaints about symptoms. While this is likely to get frustrating, the consistent complaints and treatment will help strengthen the credibility of one’s statements in relation to the severity and frequency of pain. Because there is no specific test, a diagnosis of CRPS is usually based on history and a physical exam.
What Makes CRPS Debilitating?
With complex regional pain syndrome, a person will have intense pain typically in one or more extremities. As a result of this pain, one can have difficulty focusing on personal and professional tasks. If the pain is in the arm(s), it will greatly limit the ability to use one’s hands. If the pain is in the leg(s), it limits how much an individual can stand or walk. Experiencing pain in the hands or legs can leave individuals unable to sustain any type of work without constant interruptions from pain.
Does Balin Law Represent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Cases?
Balin Law has experience representing and winning cases for individuals with a CRPS (or RSD) diagnosis. Recently, an individual reached out to us because they were unable to work as a result of the pain from CRPS. They had surgery to remove a mass and unfortunately developed intense pain in their right leg afterward. Their medical provider diagnosed them with complex regional pain syndrome. This diagnosis was frustrating for this individual as they had difficulty performing simple and normal tasks on a daily basis. Simple things like walking up some steps became difficult. They began sleeping in a recliner because walking and getting into bed became laborious. Standing in the shower was no longer an option and a shower chair was required. This individual had to rely heavily on their children to manage cooking and other household tasks.
Having any disabling condition is difficult. Trying to be organized, keep up with a disability case, and navigate the Social Security disability process while managing a disabling condition like CRPS is very stressful and challenging. This is why many people seek out Social Security disability attorneys if they want to explore options or have been denied disability benefits despite strong and supporting medical evidence.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
What are the benefits of hiring a disability lawyer vs. going it alone with complex regional pain syndrome? When someone has a disabling condition with no cure, much of the day is spent trying to make ends meet and manage symptoms. By hiring a disability lawyer, it’s one less thing an individual has to worry about. Because CRPS doesn’t have a specific test for diagnosing, it is important to work with a law firm that has experience representing individuals with CRPS as these cases can be very difficult to win, especially without a lawyer. See how Balin Law can help improve your chances of winning your disability case. At Balin Law, our goals are to alleviate stress and win cases as quickly as possible for our clients.