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Chronic Fatigue and Social Security Disability Claims

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Fibromyalgia, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, is an often misunderstood, difficult to diagnose condition. Due to its nature, chronic fatigue is often hard to prove as a disability when applying for a Social Security disability claim.

Tips for Filing a Social Security Disability Claim with Chronic Fatigue

If you are filing a Social Security disability claim and chronic fatigue is a part of your claim, you may need the help of a Bronx disability lawyer to help you prove your case. There are also some general tips to follow when claiming chronic fatigue as part of your disability. 

  • Tip #1 - Be Diagnosed by a Specialist. The official diagnosis by a specialist such as a Rheumatologist or Orthopedist will give your claim more credit with examiners. Chronic fatigue is often misdiagnosed, so a specialist's conclusion will carry more weight than a general practitioner's.
  • Tip #2 - Get Your Medical Records. As soon as you consider filing a Social Security disability claim you should begin gathering your medical records. The longer and better documented your disability is, the stronger your claim.
  • Tip #3 - Review Your Diagnosis. Many claimants are surprised to see that they were never officially diagnosed with chronic fatigue in their medical records. Omission of an official diagnosis almost always leads to Social Security disability claim denial.
  • Tip #4 - Discuss Your Records. If you find any discrepancies, such as the omission of your diagnosis, in your records, discuss this with your Bronx disability lawyer. Generally, if there is an issue with your medical records you can speak to your doctor's office to have them corrected before submitting with your Social Security disability claim. 

Social Security Disability Claim Denial

If your Social Security disability claim is denied you may need to review your application and supporting evidence. Consult with your Bronx disability lawyer to see if you omitted any important documentation such as medical records or work history. If you did not obtain a specialists' diagnosis for your chronic fatigue, you should do so and submit the new opinion with your request for reconsideration.

If the request is denied, you can submit for a hearing conducted by an administrative law judge. The next step if you encounter further rejection of your Social Security disability claim is to file and appeal. Finally, if all other methods are exhausted, you have the right to file a lawsuit to claim your disability status.

Contacting a Bronx Disability Lawyer 

For experienced help in your Social Security disability claim when dealing with chronic fatigue, talk to a Bronx disability lawyer. Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. The Bronx disability lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., are there to help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.