Proving the Subjective: How to Provide Evidence of Your Back Pain
For help preparing for your disability hearing, contact a Charlotte Social Security disability attorney at Bridgman Law Offices. Call (704) 815-6055.
Objective medical evidence is important to any claim for Social Security disability, especially back injury claims. However, a Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer will tell you that the SSA is also required to consider subject evidence such as your medical history, your credibility and, perhaps more importantly, the consistency of your complaints.
The SSA will examine your overall record of complaints with regards to back pain to see who consistent you have been. Have you made similar complaints to doctors and medical professionals over a long period of time? Or have you made much stronger claims to one doctor over another? Is this a sign that your symptoms have changed or worsened over time? Can any inconsistencies in your complaints be explained? These are the questions you and your Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer will need consider.
A crucial factor in determining your credibility is the behavior you have exhibited in seeking relief from pain and your alleged symptoms. If you have seen regular doctors and specialists about your level of pain, your claim will be much more credible than if you had not sought medical attention while claiming to be in constant crippling pain. Your claim will also be seen as more credible if you have reduced your level of participation in various hobbies that would exacerbate or cause more pain or your doctor has recorded comments about your credibility in your records as your Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer will tell you.