Denied Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia?
Fight Back with an ERISA Lawyer
There is nothing easy about seeking, obtaining and then retaining disability benefits. Disability claim forms are complex, and even if your claim is approved, the insurance company may terminate your benefits if they determine that you should be able to return to work. If you are dealing with a claim for disability benefits due to fibromyalgia, an attorney at ERISA Law Center may be able to help. We handle fibromyalgia and all disability claims covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), protecting claimants’ rights as they seek the benefits they need.
You can get a free review of your claim by calling (844) 710-2993. Our ERISA attorney is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer insight and guidance. You can also continue reviewing the information on this website to learn more about disabilities and your rights under ERISA.
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic, widespread pain affecting the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones.
This pain may be accompanied by the following symptoms: fatigue, cognitive impairment, depression, headaches and pain or cramping in the lower abdomen. To be considered chronic and widespread, the pain experienced must have lasted at least three months, must affect both sides of the body and must be present both above and below the waist.
The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown, though according to Mayo Clinic it may be associated with various factors such as genetic mutations, infections, physical trauma or emotional trauma. It is believed that the pain experienced by fibromyalgia patients is linked to increased chemical levels in the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are responsible for signaling pain. The pain receptors in the brain may also develop a “memory” of the chronic pain, causing hypersensitivity to pain signals.
Fibromyalgia may be considered a “subjective” medical disorder because there is no specific laboratory test that can confirm its presence. Doctors must rely on a patient to indicate when and where pain is felt. In the past, doctors would test for fibromyalgia by applying a specific amount of pressure to 18 points on the body to see how many were painful. Today, a fibromyalgia diagnosis may be based on a patient’s report of widespread pain for at least three months along with an absence of other medical conditions that could cause such pain.
Find out more about ERISA claims involving fibromyalgia and how a lawyer can help you seek benefits – contact our offices today.