Tampa Fibromyalgia Attorneys
Seeking Social Security Benefits in Tampa?
About 1 out of 4 women who apply for Social Security disability benefits
are women with fibromyalgia complaints. Most were working when a mysterious
set of symptoms began to slowly chip away at their lives.
By the time they come to speak with one of the lawyers at Harris &
Riviere, they have generally gone through a number of doctors seeking
a remedy for their complaints. Many have resorted to holistic measures,
like special diets or acupuncture, looking for a cure. Eventually, one
of their doctors put a name to the problem, told them they likely had
fibromyalgia and so began a new course of treatment, all designed to lessen
the symptoms. If this sounds familiar, you are probably one of the estimated
5 million people suffering with fibromyalgia.
How We Can Help With Your Claim
When handling a disability claim involving fibromyalgia, we first establish
whether the client meets the American Rheumatological Associations definition
for fibromyalgia. The would involve having at least 12 out of the 18 common
trigger point sites; having widespread pain in all 4 quadrants and having
those symptoms last 6 months or more.
Other symptoms which are common to most fibromyalgia patients include cognitive
problems, such as trouble with memory and concentration, morning stiffness,
headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, painful menstrual periods, neuropathic
pain in their hands and feet, restless legs, poor sleep, depression, sensitivity
to light, sound and temperature. Most patients also have some other rheumatological
problem such as RA, lupus or other types of arthritis.
In order to qualify for disability, the condition must either prevent you
from working altogether, or your earnings must fall below the SGA (substantial
gainful amount), which for 2012, is $1,010.00 a month. If you meet this
financial criteria, then we set about obtaining evidence from your doctors
which would support your claim medically. The symptoms from fibromyalgia
must markedly impact at least 2 areas general areas of function. Those
areas of function include taking care of your personal needs; your ability
to interact socially; maintain attention and concentration or you must
have had periodic episodes of de-compensation (worsening of your symptoms
despite medical treatment). We can use any kind of record to support how
fibromyalgia symptoms affect these areas, but we must prove major areas
of your life have been affected.
Contact Harris & Riviere For Help!
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim
for Social Security disability benefits based on fibromyalgia, call Harris
& Riviere at our Tampa office,
, send us an
email or fill out one of our
free case evaluation forms.