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Your Disability Case: Describing Your Pain and Symptoms

Posted on :November 25, 2015ByLowenstein Disability Lawyers

disability attorney in Los AngelesIf you are disabled and filing a Social Security claim, a disability attorney in Los Angeles advises that the most important aspect of your case is your credibility.

How to Describe Symptoms

When you are filing a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA), it is important that you accurately describe your symptoms if you are, for example, experiencing pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc. Only you can best describe how you feel physically and mentally.

However, prior to reviewing your symptoms, there needs to be medical evidence in your case that details that your symptoms are reasonably produced by your impairment. Once this is determined, then the SSA will review your symptoms, including the persistence and intensity of your pain, and assess how this affects your ability to work.

Of course, a disability lawyer in Los Angeles knows from experience that each person experiences symptoms differently. Two different people may have the same test results for the same impairment but will have differences in the severity of their pain. This is why your honest communication of how you feel and how you are impaired is extremely important.

Next Steps: Analysis of Evidence

A disability attorney in Los Angeles warns that, if the objective medical evidence does not support your statements about pain and other symptoms, then the SSA adjudicator will have to analyze all the evidence in the case record. This analysis will include statements by you or other people who are involved in your case. This analysis will help the adjudicator assess your credibility or believability. The more credible your statements, the more the SSA will rely on your statements.

Talk to a Disability Lawyer in Los Angeles

For more information regarding making a credible statement, contact Janna Lowenstein, a disability attorney in Los Angeles, at 800-954-7752.

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