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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Now Recognized As Medical Impairment


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7/1/2010
Advocate for the Disabled
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now being recognized as a medical impairment under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Listing of Impairments. It has been a long-fought battle to obtain Social Security disability benefits for sufferers of CFS and this is considered to be a major breakthrough for those that suffer from this ailment.

In order to receive disability benefits, the Social Security Administration must find that a condition is determined medically to be an impairment. It cannot be based solely on the symptoms that a patient may suffer. When the SSA denied CFS as a medical impairment it was based on the failure to prove that it was a "medically determinable impairment."

Since its original findings, the SSA has now determined that CFS can be proven to be a medical impairment. Of course, this does not mean that if someone has been diagnosed with CFS they automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits. A person must first be able to prove that they are totally disabled. Medical signs, laboratory findings and other forms of evidence will either prove or disprove disability.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and is completely disabled, or suffers from any other severe mental or physical disability, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Contact a disability advocate who can help you determine eligibility.

If you have been denied disability benefits, contact LaVan & Neidenberg®. Our disability representatives have experience with cross-examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-888-234-5758 for a FREE consultation.



Category: Social Security Disability


1 Comments to "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Now Recognized As Medical Impairment"

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name given to a variably debilitating disorder or disorders generally defined by persistent fatigue unrelated to exertion and not substantially relieved by rest, and accompanied by the presence of other specific symptoms for a minimum of six months.The disorder may also be referred to as post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS, when the condition arises following a flu-like illness), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), or several other terms. The etiology (cause or origin) of CFS is currently unknown and there is no diagnostic laboratory test or biomarker.

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