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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney


Facing a denial for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for Polymyalgia Rheumatica can be disheartening. As families and individuals in Florida navigate the appeals process, the skilled Social Security Disability attorneys at Disability Advocates Group stand ready to offer guidance tailored to the unique challenges of Polymyalgia Rheumatica cases. Let’s explore key strategies for a successful reconsideration.

Understanding Polymyalgia Rheumatica and SSDI/SSI Claims

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disorder causing muscle pain and stiffness, primarily in the neck, shoulders, and hips. While PMR itself doesn’t automatically qualify for disability benefits, its impact on an individual’s daily life can be severe.

Reasons for Denial and the Reconsideration Process

  1. Insufficient Medical Documentation:
    • Denials often occur due to a lack of comprehensive medical records outlining the severity of PMR symptoms.
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Ensure all medical records, including diagnosis, treatment plans, and the impact on daily activities, are meticulously compiled.
  2. Failure to Meet Criteria:
    • Some claims are denied because they don’t meet the specific criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Align all medical evidence with the SSA’s criteria, clearly demonstrating the severity and limitations imposed by PMR.
  3. Incomplete or Inaccurate Application:
    • Errors or omissions in the initial application can lead to denials.
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Thoroughly review the initial application, addressing any inaccuracies and providing additional relevant information.

Strategies for a Successful Reconsideration

  1. Collaborate with Healthcare Providers:
    • Engage with healthcare professionals in cities like Miami, Orlando, and Tampa to ensure comprehensive medical documentation.
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Request detailed reports outlining the impact of PMR on daily life, focusing on specific functional limitations.
  2. Legal Representation:
    • Seek representation from Disability Advocates Group to navigate the complexities of the appeals process.
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Leverage legal expertise to build a compelling case, addressing the unique challenges posed by PMR.
  3. Compile New Evidence:
    • Gather additional evidence that supports your case, such as updated medical records, statements from healthcare providers, and testimonies from those familiar with your daily struggles.
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Present a comprehensive and updated case file to strengthen your appeal.
  4. Address Work Limitations:
    • Clearly articulate how PMR affects your ability to work, emphasizing the specific limitations that make gainful employment challenging.
    • Reconsideration Strategy: Provide detailed accounts of how PMR hinders your performance of work-related tasks.

How Disability Advocates Group Can Assist

  1. Case Review:
    • Disability Advocates Group conducts a detailed review of your case to identify areas for improvement.
  2. Appeals Preparation:
    • The firm assists in preparing a robust appeal, ensuring all relevant documentation is included.
  3. Legal Representation:
    • Disability Advocates Group provides expert legal representation during the reconsideration process.


A successful appeal for SSDI or SSI benefits for Polymyalgia Rheumatica claims in Florida demands a strategic and comprehensive approach. Whether you reside in Jacksonville or Tampa, Disability Advocates Group is committed to helping individuals and families in cities across Florida secure the disability benefits they rightfully deserve. Contact us today to begin the journey toward a successful reconsideration.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.