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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).



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