If you are between the ages of 50 and 65 years and suffer from a disability that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits

Do Spine Disorders Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Every day you participate in activities that can put a tremendous amount of strain on your spine. Things from sitting for extended periods of time to heavy lifting can cause extreme discomfort and pain for many individuals which result in back and neck pains. For some that suffer extreme spinal conditions, the pain may not just be uncomfortable but can sometimes be so severe it impacts their ability to perform their work functions.  If you have found yourself unable to continue working due to a spinal disorder, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

What Spine Disorders Qualify?

Spine disorders are conditions that are taken seriously as they can lead to permanent disability, including loss of mobility and severe pain. Because of this, spine disorders have their own section in the Social Security Administration (SSA) Blue Book. Some of the spine disorders specifically listed in the Blue Book include:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Arthritis
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal Arachnoiditis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Vertebra Fractures

What if My Spine Disorder is not listed in the Blue Book?

Even if your specific spine disorder is not listed in the Blue Book, you still may be eligible to receive SSD benefits. You will need to make a case to the SSA that your disorder is preventing your ability to work for at least one year and will be required to provide medical evidence to support your claim. If your condition was not listed in the blue book, your application will need to be much more thorough, including additional documents from your medical provider indicating specific details as to how long you can sit, stand, walk and the overall impact your condition has your ability to perform even the most basic of functions. At that point, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your case and determine if you meet their eligibility requirements to receive benefits.

What will I need to include with my application for benefits to the SSA?

When you apply to receive benefits, there will be many forms you will need to fill out and submit. Along with the intent to file and standard application forms you will be required to submit other items as well. These items include medical evidence such as x-rays, treatment history, proof that your condition will prevent you from working for a year or more, and a detailed description of how your disorder impacts your daily functions. You will also need to include your financial records indicating your income, bank accounts and any assets that you may have.

Working with a Disability Lawyer

If you are considering applying for SSD benefits for a spine disorder, it is important to understand that most applications for this condition are initially denied. Spine disorders require that you meet a very specific list of requirements based on the specific spine disorder you are claiming. Because of this, it is important to work with someone that knows exactly what documents, medical files and supporting evidence should be included your application. An experienced disability attorney can help you with your application process and also help you appeal your case if your initial application is denied. Complete our free case evaluation to be connected with a local disability attorney to discuss your application and your condition today.

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