Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Social Security Disability Cases

February 16,2010
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Everyone gets tired or worn out from time to time, but for some people, fatigue is a debilitating way of life. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical disorder that causes those who suffer from it to experience what the Centers for Disease Control calls an “all-encompassing fatigue,” greatly limiting their ability to function from day to day. Other common symptoms include weakness, muscle pain, insomnia and impaired memory and concentration. While there is currently no cure for the disorder, these symptoms can be treated through a combination of cognitive therapy, diet, sleep management and various medications.

A person who is unable to work for a year or more due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Disability lawyers at Hermann Law Group, PLLC have represented hundreds of people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, successfully winning their claims for Social Security Disability benefits.

By the time they come to us, many of our clients have been to multiple doctors in search of a clear diagnosis, and they are depressed and discouraged at the lack of support they have received. Sometimes mistaken as laziness or general exhaustion (and subject to stigmatization by people who don’t understand the extent and intensity of its symptoms), CFS’ incapacitating effects cannot be cured simply with rest and may even be worsened through physical and mental activity, making it difficult for those who suffer from it to work, go to school or run a household.

We know that CFS is often misdiagnosed and extremely difficult to treat. Some people are even told, “it’s all in your head.” Often, physicians’ notes are vague and do not adequately describe the degree to which their patient is incapacitated. At Hermann Law Group, we have the expertise and experience to coordinate with treating medical providers to ensure that our clients’ medical records contain all of the necessary information that will clearly support a finding of disability. We also have forms specific to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that we will ask your doctor to complete. These forms respond to the issues we know the judges have to deal with in deciding a CFS case.

Contact our firm toll free at 877-773-3030 for a consultation at no cost to you. You can also visit our website to give us your information and request that our office contact you.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to persons who are unable to work for at least one year due to a physical or mental impairment or a combination thereof. The SSA makes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to adults and children who are disabled or blind and have limited income and resources. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), on the other hand, is available to disabled persons, their spouses and children, regardless of income and resources, if the disabled person has made sufficient payments into the Social Security system.

In order to be approved for benefits, a disabled person must file a claim with the SSA, starting what is unfortunately often a long and complex process. The SSA initially rejects the majority of claims filed, including many with merit. A person whose claim is initially denied must file an appeal in order to obtain benefits. We believe that so many claims are denied at the Initial Application stage in order to discourage people from pursuing their claims.

At Hermann Law Group, our Social Security disability attorneys share a combined 50-plus years of experience representing clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are seeking disability benefits. We focus exclusively on disability cases and draw on our litigation skills and experience to pursue claims quickly and vigorously, while providing clients with the best in personalized, caring attention. Year after year, we are successful in well over 90% of the claims we handle, and we can offer you the expertise and support that you need during this stressful, difficult time. We are so confident in our abilities that, in Social Security Disability cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we win your case.

Our offices are conveniently located in New York’s Westchester and Dutchess counties as well as in Hackensack, New Jersey and Danbury, Connecticut. Please call or contact us to set up an appointment.