If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then you may be sufficiently impaired (i.e., incapable of working in your current occupation, or in an alternative position) to qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Submitting a comprehensive application for benefits is fundamental to success, but it’s also important that you frame your condition in such a way that the claim examiner is more likely to be persuaded. That’s where a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form comes in.
As a general rule, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is tight-fisted when it comes to awarding benefits — most claims are denied initially, whether due to a lack of supportive documentation, or some other reason. Here at the Office of Mike Murburg, P.A., we strive to make the SSDI claim submission process easier for our clients, and so we’ve uploaded an updated Fibromyalgia RFC Questionnaire to our website for you to fill out (alongside your physician).
Fibromyalgia Can Be Difficult to Highlight Without an RFC Form
Fibromyalgia is a complicated, chronic disorder associated with widespread muscular and bone pain, tenderness, and fatigue — though, importantly, there is no objective way of measuring these symptoms. Fibromyalgia is essentially a subjective disorder, and in fact, many physicians believe that it is a “fiction.” This can have a significant impact on your ability to secure disability benefits through the SSA, as the claim examiner is almost certainly going to question whether the condition is “real” or simply imagined.
By submitting an RFC form, you will be able to specifically characterize the deficits imposed by your fibromyalgia condition. If you fill out the form with the aid of a physician who accepts the reality of your condition, then you can more clearly elaborate on the various impairments and how they affect your lifestyle and employment.
Request a Free and Confidential Consultation With an Experienced Tampa SSDI Lawyer
If you are intending to move forward with a claim for SSDI benefits on the basis of your fibromyalgia condition, then we encourage you to consult an experienced Tampa SSDI lawyer here at the Office of Mike Murburg, P.A. for assistance. Attorney Mike Murburg has extensive experience advocating on behalf of SSDI and SSI claimants in Florida, including those who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
As you move forward with the claim submission process, your attorney will not only identify and gather relevant documentary evidence, testimony, and records supportive of your disability claim, but will also work with a qualified physician to fill out a Fibromyalgia RFC form that can more effectively frame your condition for the SSA claim examiner.
Interested in speaking to a qualified attorney for guidance? Call (813) 264-5363 or request an appointment online to arrange for a free and confidential consultation with an attorney at the Office of Mike Murburg, P.A. We look forward to helping you obtain the disability benefits you deserve.