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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Embarking on the journey to secure Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits due to Myositis can be a challenging endeavor, especially when your past work experience comes into play. The experienced SSI and SSDI attorneys at Disability Advocates Group serve as trusted allies in navigating the complexities of disability claims in Florida and understand the intricate interplay between past work experience and the success of your SSDI or SSI hearing for Myositis claims.

Understanding Myositis Claims

Myositis refers to a group of rare autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation and weakening of muscles. The symptoms can range from muscle weakness and pain to more severe complications affecting mobility and overall quality of life. Successfully securing SSDI or SSI benefits for Myositis often hinges on presenting a compelling case that accurately reflects the impact of the condition on your ability to work.

Past Work Experience as a Key Determinant

Your past work experience is a critical factor in the evaluation of your SSDI or SSI claim for Myositis. Here’s why:

  1. Relevance to Current Abilities: Social Security Administration (SSA) considers your past relevant work to assess how the skills and tasks you performed in your previous jobs might align with your current abilities given the limitations imposed by Myositis.
  2. Transferable Skills: The SSA examines whether you possess skills from your past work that could be transferred to less physically demanding jobs. This evaluation is crucial in determining your eligibility for disability benefits.
  3. Duration and Severity of Myositis Symptoms: The SSA reviews the duration and severity of your Myositis symptoms in the context of your past work. If your condition has significantly worsened or if your ability to perform past job duties is compromised, it strengthens your disability claim.

Common Challenges and How Disability Advocates Group Can Help

  1. Inconsistencies in Work History: Disability Advocates Group meticulously reviews your work history to identify any inconsistencies that might arise during the SSDI or SSI hearing. Ensuring a clear and coherent presentation of your work experience is vital for a successful claim.
  2. Demonstrating the Impact of Myositis: Myositis symptoms can vary, and effectively demonstrating their impact on your ability to perform past work tasks is crucial. Disability Advocates Group collaborates with you and medical professionals to gather compelling evidence.
  3. Vocational Expert Testimony: In cases where past work experience is a central point of contention, Disability Advocates Group leverages the expertise of vocational experts to provide a comprehensive assessment of your ability to perform various work-related activities.

Strategies for Success in SSDI or SSI Hearings

  1. Thorough Documentation: Disability Advocates Group assists you in compiling thorough documentation of your Myositis diagnosis, treatment history, and the evolving impact of the condition on your ability to work.
  2. Collaboration with Healthcare Professionals: Establishing a strong connection between your Myositis symptoms and work limitations often involves collaboration with healthcare professionals. Disability Advocates Group facilitates this collaboration to bolster your case.
  3. Expert Legal Representation: Having legal representation that specializes in Myositis claims is invaluable. Disability Advocates Group ensures that your case is presented with expertise and empathy, addressing the unique challenges posed by Myositis.

Your past work experience can be important to unlocking the benefits you deserve for Myositis-related disability. The Florida Social Security Lawyers at Disability Advocates Group stands ready to navigate the intricacies of your SSDI or SSI hearing, leveraging your past work experience as a compelling element in securing the support you need. Whether you reside in Tampa or Miami Beach, contact Disability Advocates Group today to embark on a path towards a successful disability claim for Myositis.

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.