When Should You Apply & Fight to Get Your Disability Benefits?

When Should You Apply & Fight to Get Your Disability Benefits?

Fibromyalgia is an invisible condition. There are no bumps and bruises, no outward visual indicators, that would otherwise suggest a physical disability. A person with fibromyalgia looks just like someone without fibromyalgia, at least at a glance.

That can lead some people to question the validity of a fibromyalgia diagnosis, which only furthers the harmful stigma surrounding invisible disabilities. Any good doctor will confirm that fibromyalgia is a legitimate and potentially debilitating medical condition. However, many people may feel self-conscious about claiming disability benefits if they don’t “look” the part.

That’s why it’s so important for people with fibromyalgia to know about their rights and the resources that are available to them as residents of Canada. No one should be ashamed to ask for help, especially since the unwillingness to do so can lead to worse outcomes when people don’t get the proper treatment for their symptoms. The pain caused by fibromyalgia is very real. More importantly, the court agrees. Fibromyalgia is a legally recognized disability, so you are fully entitled to certain benefits if you are struggling with the disorder.

So when should you file a disability claim? The answer is the same as it would be for any other physical or mental disability. You should pursue disability benefits as soon as fibromyalgia begins to affect your ability to do your job. If the pain from fibromyalgia renders you physically unable to complete the tasks that are expected of you, then you are better served taking time off until you are well enough to return to work.

The same is true if fibromyalgia is negatively impacting other aspects of your life. You might be able to drag yourself to your desk every day, but if you’re in too much pain to do any other chores when you get home, chances are that you’re not operating at maximum capacity. When you’re worried about managing your symptoms instead of focusing on work, it’s a surefire indication that your performance has been compromised in some way.   

You can also speak to a lawyer if you are in any way uncertain about the legitimacy of your claim. Share Lawyers offers free consultations to anyone who has been denied a disability claim and have won cases on behalf of hundreds of clients with fibromyalgia. With our legal expertise, we can assess your case and help you determine whether or not fighting your claim is the best course of action in your situation.


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