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Get your pain symptoms on record so that Social Security can take this into consideration

Tip 3:

If you have pain, absolutely mention it when you apply and get it included as part of your disability application. Social Security is required to not ignore this. That said, if you have severe pain and it affects your ability to work, it must be supported by substantial evidence.

What is substantial? Not as much as you might think. Substantial evidence is defined as "that amount of evidence which, while it may be less than a preponderance, nevertheless is sufficient to convince a reasonable mind of the validity of a position taken on an issue".

That, of course, is legalese. But the point remains: if you have pain and it limits you in your functional capacity--physical, mental, or both--it can be taken into consideration. And it can certainly affect the outcome of your claim.

The most important thing to remember, of course, is that your pain should be recorded in your medical record documentation so that it may be taken into consideration when a disability examiner or administrative law judge assesses your residual functional capacity (what you can still do despite your medical condition).

Terms discussed:

  • How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
  • Social Security Disability, SSI, and Residual Functional Capacity, RFC
  • How many Social Security disability cases are approved for back pain?
  • Medical Evidence Used on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
  • How does Social Security use Evidence to Decide an SSDI or SSI Disability Claim and Make a Decision?

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    Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

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    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
    How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
    How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
    Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria