Which Chronic Pain Illnesses Count as Disabilities?

It can be quite difficult to claim disability benefits when you suffer from chronic pain illnesses. This is because many of these illnesses are diagnosed through patient-described symptoms. To be eligible to receive disability benefits for any illness or disability, you need a medical provider to support that you cannot work. Sometimes it is hard to prove with objective medical evidence that you have a physical or mental condition that prohibits you from working. Things like x-rays or test results are key but can be very hard to get. For many chronic pain illnesses, there are no such items of evidence for a patient to present, only symptoms of pain and, to some extent, medical history.

Even though chronic pain illnesses are difficult to diagnose and to verify, there is no doubt that they are debilitating. Many illnesses you've probably heard of belong in this category.

Chronic Pain Illnesses

ArthritisArthritis is inflammation of your body’s joints that can result in joint pain, swelling, stiffness and fatigue. If left untreated it can eventually lead to joint damage, destruction and disability. Arthritis consists of over 100 different conditions and can affect anyone. Crohn's DiseaseCrohn's disease involves inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract that disrupts your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrition and eliminate waste well. FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body. It leads to chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful points or trigger points. Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome involves numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Irritable Bowel SyndromeIBS is a bit of a medical mystery - doctors do not fully understand it. While doctors don’t yet know exactly what it is, they do know that it is not an anatomical or a structural problem, not a physical or chemical disorder, not a cancer and will not cause cancer and will not cause other gastrointestinal diseases.

In addition to the above, some neurological and spinal disorders are chronic pain illnesses that qualify for disability benefits and some back and neck issues stemming from an accident or physical trauma result in chronic pain. All of these meet the requirements for disability benefits.

So how do you qualify? Doctors are the key to getting the disability benefits that you are entitled to for your chronic illness.

If you have a chronic pain illness, be sure to work closely with your doctor and talk to a disability law firm like Share Lawyers to learn if you qualify for disability benefits.

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A note from our long term disability lawyers

Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.

If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.

Our Disability law firm knows what you have been going through

We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.

Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf

Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.

If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.

Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.

In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.

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