The American Chronic Pain Association estimates that over 116 Million people in the United States suffer from and are partially disabled by chronic pain. A lot of those are as a result of a work accident.
They are given a lower disability rating because they are not confined to a wheelchair or bed ridden. Even though their conditions are just as bad, they are given ratings as low as 5% because they do not fall under their conditions for rating.
According to the fifth edition of the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides, disability is defined as "an alteration of an individual's capacity to meet personal, social, or occupational demands because of an impairment."[2, 10] The WHO defines disability as an activity limitation that creates a difficulty in the performance, accomplishment, or completion of an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being. Difficulty encompasses all of the ways in which the performance of the activity may be affected.
Some people with Chronic pain are shut ins and cannot work due to gut wrenching pain 24/7.
Yet we are given a lower rating because of their guidelines!
Please tell them that you will not stand by and watch the over 116 million people in the United States be treated like second class citizens when they never asked for their Chronic Pain Disease or Condition.
We deserve a different, and more fair Chronic Pain Disability Scale, that will give people with Chronic Pain a Disability Rating that they deserve.
Co-Founder of RSD/CRPS Doesn't Own Me