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June 3, 2022

There are hundreds of medical conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes as disabling. However, there are medical issues that result in more disability claims than other conditions: musculoskeletal disorders. In this blog post, Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O, discusses musculoskeletal disorders as the most common disability claim — and how to secure disability benefits if you qualify.

Social Security Disability Lawyer in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Disability Benefits for Musculoskeletal Disorders 

Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading causes of disability claims. Musculoskeletal disorders are not limited to one specific condition, but instead, is a group of conditions. Conditions evaluated under musculoskeletal disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain 
  • Herniated or Degenerated Disc
  • Spine or Joint Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis 
  • Amputations
  • Fibromyositis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatism 
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica

Any of these conditions can be disabling depending on the severity of the symptoms and their impact on the individual. You will need hard medical evidence and other supporting documentation that confirms the severity of your condition and how it affects your ability to work and earn a living as well as your ability to perform routine daily tasks. 

Getting Disability For A Musculoskeletal Disorder

For a successful disability claim because of a musculoskeletal disorder, you will need to have hard medical evidence and other supporting documentation. Your evidence must include imaging reports, surgical notes when applicable, lab results, exam notes, and treatment records. A residual functional capacity (RFC) completed by a treating physician is an asset as well. The RFC details what you can and cannot do, so the disability examiner can understand the severity of your condition.

A musculoskeletal disorder may require treatment from more than your primary care provider but also from an orthopedic specialist, a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, or some other specialty physician. Be sure to maintain a thorough list of all your providers as well as their contact details, including office address and phone number. 

After applying for disability benefits, it is imperative that you maintain the proper medical care. You must show that you are still seeking medical treatment and that you are adhering to your doctor’s treatment plans. Be sure to maintain detailed documentation to support your claim and to confirm the severity of your condition. 

Getting Legal Guidance

Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O, has helped hundreds of disabled workers throughout the area with their musculoskeletal disorders disability claims. If you are unable to work because of a musculoskeletal disorder, or some other medical condition, call to schedule a consultation with an experienced disability attorney. Our team will review the details of your claim and check to ensure you have the supporting evidence and documentation that your claim needs to succeed. 

Getting Your Claim Underway

If you or a loved one are disabled due to one of the listed musculoskeletal disorders, call the experienced disability attorneys at Watson and Carroll for a case evaluation. 

About Watson & Carroll 

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 medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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