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The Benefits You Deserve

Fibromyalgia can be a frustrating disease. Pain can ripple through your body unpredictably, leaving you bewildered at how and when to treat it.

The worst part? It doesn’t make any changes to your outward appearance, making it hard for you to convince others of the pain you’re suffering.

This much is certain: Fibromyalgia’s effects can be severe enough to force you out of work.

Job or not, you still need to pay your bills. That’s why Social Security Disability benefits exist—so people in your situation can avoid financial pitfall and focus on your health.

Winning these benefits can be tricky, however. Most first-time applicants are turned away.

At Hanley Disability, we know you’re going through a difficult time. We want to help.

If you’re in Indianapolis, Danville, or anywhere in Indiana, we can give you the best chance of winning the benefits you need.

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Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t wait too long. You might miss the deadline to appeal.

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Common Symptoms That Qualify for Social Security Disability with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be hard to define. It can pop up throughout your body in a variety of ways.

Thankfully, Social Security officially recognized it as a disability in 2012. Here are some common symptoms we’ve seen qualify:

  • Pain in your whole body
  • Stiffness
  • Severe, ongoing exhaustion
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleeping problems, such as insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Problems thinking, which people sometimes call “fibro fog”

Even if your symptoms aren’t on that list, you could still qualify.

Our staff can answer any questions you have, and we’ll even evaluate your case at no charge to you.

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How to Prove Your Disability Case to Social Security

Some people think they can just tell Social Security they have fibromyalgia and expect to receive benefits quickly. Sadly, that’s not the case. You have to prove your disability.

First, you must meet Social Security’s definition of “disabled”:

  • Your condition makes working impossible.
  • You’re unable to switch to a different line of work.
  • You’ll be out of work for at least a year.

To prove that, you’ll have to include the following items in your application:

  • Doctor’s reports detailing your symptoms
  • Treatment records and results
  • Statements from people who know you, like employers, family members, friends and neighbors, about the ways fibromyalgia affects your daily life
  • And more

We know this can all sound overwhelming. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to help our neighbors across Indiana when they need Social Security Disability benefits.

And if you’ve been denied already, you can’t give up now. In fact, most benefits are won on appeal.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Give us a call today to get your case started.

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