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Study explores non-recovery model of chronic, disabling pain

An attorney that focuses on Social Security disability benefits knows that the Social Security Administration recognizes several chronic pain conditions as potentially qualifying disabilities. Yet proving the degree of functional impairment presented by a chronic pain condition may seem subjective. After all, how does one measure chronic and widespread paid, or heightened and painful response to pressure?

A recent study provides more insight into the issue of chronic pain in the context of motor vehicle accident survivors who had been treated in emergency room departments and then discharged home. In the study, researchers interviewed patients about their pain at intervals of six weeks, six months and twelve months. Researchers asked patients to rate their pain in 19 body regions. 

Based on the study results, the majority of interviewed patients reported that their widespread pain had substantially decreased after six weeks, with little or no remaining pain reported during the subsequent two interview dates. However, a small portion of patients reported that their pain had intensified, and continued to worsen even one year after the car accident. For some, their non remitting pain caused substantial suffering and impaired their functioning.

A disability benefits attorney can counsel individuals with serious or chronic pain conditions about their eligibility for various assistance programs. With sound legal guidance, an applicant for SSDI benefits can better navigate the complexities of the program requirements and procedures. When an illness or injury prevents an individual from working, an attorney can step in and help individuals apply for the benefits they may be owed.

Source:, "Treat Car Crash Pain Early On, Lest It Linger," Ed Susman, May 5, 2014

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