chronic fatigue syndrome
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that can have a profound impact on a person’s life. Individuals suffering from CFS often find it challenging to maintain employment due to the severe fatigue, pain, and cognitive difficulties associated with the condition. For those in Florida who are unable to work because of CFS, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide crucial financial support. However, obtaining SSDI benefits for CFS can be challenging, and many applicants face initial denials. In this guide, we will explore the complexities of SSDI applications for CFS in Florida and how Disability Advocates Group can help you overcome denials.

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex and poorly understood condition characterized by persistent, unexplained fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest. Other common symptoms include pain, cognitive difficulties, and unrefreshing sleep. CFS can significantly impact an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and maintain gainful employment.

SSDI Eligibility Criteria for CFS

To qualify for SSDI benefits due to CFS in Florida, applicants must meet specific criteria established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These criteria include:

  1. Medically Documented Diagnosis: You must have a medically documented diagnosis of CFS from a licensed physician.
  2. Severe and Prolonged Impairment: Your CFS must be severe, with symptoms that have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months.
  3. Exclusion of Other Conditions: The SSA will review your medical records to ensure that other medical or psychological conditions that could explain your symptoms have been ruled out.
  4. Functional Limitations: You must provide evidence of functional limitations that prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA), which is work that generates a certain level of income as defined by the SSA.

Common Reasons for SSDI Denials for CFS

Many applicants with CFS initially face denials of their SSDI claims in Florida. Some common reasons for these denials include:

  1. Insufficient Medical Evidence: The SSA requires comprehensive medical evidence to support your CFS diagnosis and its impact on your ability to work.
  2. Inadequate Documentation: Incomplete or poorly documented medical records can lead to denials.
  3. Failure to Exclude Other Conditions: If the SSA believes that other medical or psychological conditions could explain your symptoms, they may deny your claim.

Overcoming Denials for CFS

While SSDI denials for CFS are not uncommon, they are not the end of the road. Here’s how Disability Advocates Group can help you overcome denials and secure the benefits you deserve:

1. Gathering Comprehensive Medical Evidence: Our experienced attorneys will work with you and your healthcare providers to compile a strong case, including detailed medical records that support your CFS diagnosis and its impact on your daily life.

2. Demonstrating Functional Limitations: We will help you articulate and document how your CFS symptoms limit your ability to perform essential job functions.

3. Ruling Out Other Conditions: Our team will ensure that your medical records clearly show that other conditions with similar symptoms have been adequately ruled out.

4. Crafting Persuasive Appeals: If your initial SSDI claim is denied, we will guide you through the appeals process, including hearings before administrative law judges, to present a compelling case for why you qualify for benefits.

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Florida can be incredibly challenging, especially when it affects your ability to work and support yourself. SSDI benefits are there to provide essential financial support to individuals in such situations. However, the SSDI application process can be complex and daunting, and many deserving applicants face denials.

Disability Advocates Group is here to help you navigate this process, overcome denials, and secure the benefits you need. Our experienced team of attorneys understands the intricacies of SSDI applications for CFS, and we are committed to helping you achieve a successful outcome.

Don’t let an initial denial discourage you. Contact Disability Advocates Group today, and let us work together to ensure that your SSDI application for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Florida is successful, providing you with the financial support you deserve.

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.