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Illinois Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer for Back Pain

Chicago Attorney Assists Back Pain Sufferers Obtain Social Security Benefits


What Back Problems Do The Social Security Administration Recognize?

Individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits with back problems are one of the most common types of applications seen by the Social Security Administration. This should not be a surprise, mainly, because there are so many different ways that an individual can injure their back that would require a need for back injury disability. People develop back problems through the natural aging process, specific injuries or accidents, other medical conditions, or genetic disposition. Because there are so many different ways someone can develop back problems, the Social Security Administration recognizes a number of different kinds of injuries. Some of the kinds of injuries recognized and would allow you to receive back injury disability include:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Impairment
  • Cervical Spine Impairment
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

To learn more about the different kinds of back problems recognized by the Social Security Administration or to discuss your particular back pain, feel free to fill out our no obligation free consultation form.

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits If I Suffer From Back Pain?

Back problems are recognized by the Social Security Administration and you can receive disability if you meet specific criteria. If your back pain prevents you from working for at least 12 months, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits (whether SSDI or SSI). When you apply for disability benefits with a back problem, the Social Security Administration will first determine whether your back problem is severe enough to meet a listing. If you meet the listing, you will be able to receive disability benefits for your back injury.

If you do not meet a listing, the Social Security Administration will then evaluate your residual functional capacity (the most work that you can do despite your medical condition(s)) and determine whether you are entitled to disability benefits. From Degenerative Disc Disease to a Cervical Spine Impairment, the Social Security Administration will determine the most amount of work that you can do despite your limitations. They will divide "work" into four different categories: heavy, medium, light, and sedentary. Although it is not done often, they will also sometimes use a fifth category that is recognized for very heavy work. Whether a claimant wins his or her back injury disability claim is greatly affected by which category in the scale he or she is put into. The lower the category, the higher the likelihood that a back disability claim will be approved for Social Security disability benefits.

Is There A Specific Listing For Back Problems?

The Social Security Administration recognizes back problems under Listing of Impairments 1.04: Disorders of the Spine. Listing 1.04 can be found on the Social Security Administration website. However, because most of the listing is structured using medical terminology, it can be very difficult to know whether you will meet the listing for disorders of the spine. If you suffer from back problems, are unable to work and want to know more about whether you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits, contact Pearson Disability Law, LLC or fill out our free online consultation form.

If I Do Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you do not meet Listing 1.04 and have back problems preventing you from working, you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits. As stated earlier, the Administration will evaluate your back injury disability and the most work that you can do by testing your residual functional capacity. This will determine whether you are entitled to disability benefits. To learn more, contact us today for a free consultation or call 321-999-0999 and let us be your advocate in this challenging journey.

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