Too Much Pain to Work? Disability Checks Help Pay the Bills.
Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a very real and debilitating condition that can prevent you from working. The Mayo Clinic says you’re at risk for developing this type of severe pain if you’ve suffered an injury, had surgery, or had a stroke or heart attack.
When you can no longer work and earn an income—and you’re in pain—it feels like your life is falling apart.
But you have options.
Monthly Social Security Disability checks can make a big difference in keeping you and your family financially stable.
In an expensive place like the Bay Area, you know you need every bit of financial support you can get.
Angelina Valle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Social Security Disability lawyer helping people in San Jose, Salinas and all over the Bay Area win benefits and reclaim their lives after catastrophic health problems.
She’s been helping people in their time of need for more than 32 years.
Symptoms of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome that Stop You from Working
If you’ve had a triggering event and are experiencing any of the below symptoms, it could be a sign of debilitating chronic regional pain syndrome:
- Pain in a specific area of your body
- Unexplained swelling
- Inflammation that just doesn’t go away
- Noticeable changes to your skin
- Sensitivity to touch, which may even make wearing clothes uncomfortable or painful
- Abnormal nail or hair growth
- Involuntary movements
Social Security maintains a list of impairments that qualify people for benefits, called its “blue book.” CRPS—which is sometimes called complex regional pain syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)—isn’t on the list.
However, in 2017 Social Security finally recognized this condition as something that warrants disability benefits.
With CRPS, you have to provide “medical evidence that consists of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings, and not only…an individual’s statement of symptoms.”
Winning benefits isn’t easy.
To better understand your chances of qualifying for disability for chronic regional pain syndrome, Angelina Valle & Associates will evaluate you claim for free.
How to Win Disability for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
Even though you’re in undeniable pain, Social Security won’t believe you until you compile a mountain of medical evidence.
For a condition like CRPS (not listed in the blue book), Social Security will assess your residual functional capacity (RFC), which is a measure of the activity level you’re able to handle.
This is where Angelina Valle and her legal team step in. We’ll diligently compile:
- Your medical records, including your ongoing treatment plans from various doctors
- Reports from every medical evaluation you’ve had for CRPS
- Laboratory results
- Statements from your physicians
- Statements from your psychologist or psychiatrist if you’re experiencing mental health side effects
- Testimony from friends, neighbors and relatives
- Testimony from your former employer, teachers, counselors or clergy
- Your personal records showing how CRPS affects your daily life, including journal or diary entries
We’ll also look at your work history and prepare evidence showing that your condition prevents you from doing your old job, won’t let you transfer to a new line of work, and is expected to last at least one year.
Finding Hope When You Feel Hopeless
Our team understands how hopeless it feels to be off work when you desperately want to bring home a paycheck—and how difficult it is to live with chronic pain.
But we’re here to give you hope. Government data shows you’re more likely to win disability benefits when you’re working with representatives like us. You only pay a fee after you win benefits.
Time to take back your life.