Social Security Disability Claims for Medical Side EffectsIf you are currently suffering from some sort of disability that prevents you from holding a job, you are likely in the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits. A large part of this application process is proving that you are disabled by collecting medical evidence and working with a Chattanooga Social Security attorney.
However, in some cases, you may take prescription medications that produce side effects that impact your daily health. These side effects should be documented and included as a part of your application.
The side effects of your medications alone are not going to be sufficient enough to qualify for the benefits that you want, but the side effects can play a large role in determining whether or not you are eligible to receive benefits. If your medical condition alone is not enough proof, including your medication can help convey how important it is to receive help.
Some prescription medications that help keep you alive or manage your pain can cause detrimental side effects. For example, our Chattanooga Social Security attorney often sees prominent side effects in the following medications:
Diabetes medications: These may cause stomach issues, low blood sugar levels, or blood pressure issues that lead to other health problems. The side effects may be so severe that you are unable to work.
Cancer treatments: Chemotherapy treatment is often used as a cancer treatment, however, it can cause nausea, fatigue, and other physical side effects that make maintaining a job nearly impossible.
High blood pressure medications: There are many blood pressure medications that have a diuretic effect. Turning your body’s waste into the water may result in frequent urination that impacts how long you can sit at a desk, interfering with your work.
Pain medication: A major side effect of pain medication is drowsiness. Excessive fatigue levels will impact your ability to work.
Documentation is one of the most important parts of applying for benefits. Make sure that you keep a diary of all of your symptoms and communicate with your doctor. Doing so will help the application process run smoothly.
McCarthy, Murphy & Preslar, P.C. is committed to helping you get the benefits that you need. To learn more about medication side effects, please contact our team today.