Pain and Social Security Disability

Social Security disability claimants frequently suffer from subjective complaints of pain that make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to perform substantial gainful activity on a sustained basis. Applicable statutory and regulatory law provides guidance regarding the analysis of a claimant’s subjective complaints of pain. The Social Security Administration has also issued rulings discussing the analysis of complaints of pain. The purpose of this topic is to provide an overview of applicable laws, regulations, and rulings, and circuit court case law governing this critical area of law.