If you suffer from back problems, you know too well the inconvenience and pain they cause. Back issues that affect your daily activities and leave you unable to work, though, are life-altering. This blog details what kind of back problems typically qualify for Social Security disability benefits and the criteria that must be met for approval.
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Disability For Back Pain
Some back problems occur naturally with age. Others happen prematurely due to a work injury, an illness or an accident.
Some back conditions that may be approved through the disability examiner include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arachnoiditis, degenerative disc disorder, spondylitis, nerve root compression, scoliosis, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis.
The SSA has a medical guide – the Blue Book – to determine if a claimant qualifies for disability benefits. There are sections covering different bodily systems. Each section lists conditions that are potentially disabling, with specific criteria that must be met for a disability claim to be approved.
Using A Medical Vocational Allowance
If you are unable to meet the specific criteria of a listing, you may still qualify for disability benefits through a medical vocational allowance. This approach takes your age, work history, transferable skills, educational background, medical conditions, and other factors into consideration. Your physician can complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, which details your condition, restrictions, and limitations.
When the disability examiner reviews your RFC, he or she can determine if you are able to work, and if so, what kind of work you can do. After your claim is carefully reviewed, if you have the supporting documentation and medical evidence your claim needs, the disability examiner will approve your case and you will be awarded disability benefits for your back problems.
The Disability Claims Process
Many disability claims are denied during the initial review. If your claim is denied, you will receive written notification detailing why your claim is denied and how long you have so you can file a request for reconsideration. If your claim is denied again during the reconsideration phase, you will request a hearing before an administrative law judge. The key to a successful claim is providing all the supporting evidence and documentation you can to back up your claim.
Enlisting The Help Of A Lawyer
A disability lawyer can be beneficial to a disability claim for back problems. Research has shown that 34% of claimants who do not have legal representation are approved for disability benefits at some time during the claims process. Approximately 60% of claimants who enlist the help of a disability lawyer are approved for disability benefits at some time during the claims process. If you are unable to work because of a back problem, call the law offices of Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. for a case review. We have locations in Nebraska and Iowa, including our Disability Clinic at 42nd and Center in midtown Omaha.
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Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld.