Disability Determination for Back Injuries

 

Back pain can affect a lot of people, but not all instances will qualify for back injury disability benefits. Since it’s so common, there are specifics outlined by the Social Security Administration about how a back injury qualifies for disability benefits. There’s no doubt that it can be incredibly debilitating, but it may not prevent someone from being physically able to work.

Just with all medical conditions, in order for back pain to qualify for disability benefits, certain criteria need to be met first. Your claims also must be supported with medical evidence and documentation. It may also be beneficial to obtain a lawyer to help you through the process during filing as well as if you need to file an appeal.

What conditions need to be met to collect Social Security disability for a back injury?

– The underlying cause for the back pain must be established.

In order to file a claim for disability benefits based on a back injury, you need to have an official diagnosis of what causes your injury and pain. This helps determine if your specific condition is covered by disability benefits. It may be hard for you to figure out what the exact cause of your pain is, which is why it needs to be diagnosed by a medical professional.

Your medical condition must also be expected to last for at least 12 months and keep you from working during that time. If you are expected to recover faster than that, you won’t be able to collect back injury SSDI. If you are able to do other work, you also won’t be qualified.

– Where to find your condition in the SSA bluebook.

Back pain and injuries are categorized with musculoskeletal system issues within the SSA bluebook. This is where you need to reference in order to find out what medical conditions are covered. Disorders of the musculoskeletal system are caused by a variety of things. These can range from traumatic events, diseases or inflammatory, degenerative or infectious processes.

– Your injury must cause a loss of function.

In order to qualify for back injuries disability benefits, your injury must cause a loss in functionality of your body. There needs to be a loss of function from issues with joint or bone destruction or deformity. No matter what caused this loss of function, the loss is defined as the inability to be able to move effectively. This would include any pain also.

– Your condition needs to be expected to last for at least 12 months.

This point is the same no matter what kind of disability you have. The medical condition must be expected to last at least one year in order to receive disability benefits. It also needs to prevent you from being able to work.

– You will need to provide medical documentation to back up your case.

Just as with any other medical conditions, you will need to provide medical documentation to prove your diagnosis. Make sure to include any visits with doctors to clinics and your written diagnosis. You should also provide a list of medications that you have taken to try to improve your condition and what the results from these medications were.

– A lawyer can be very helpful to your case or appeal.

You may wish to contact a lawyer in regards to your back pain Social Security disability benefits. This can be a daunting process and it can be a great help to your case if you obtain a lawyer to help you through either the filing or appeal process. This person is a valuable expert in your case. Since a lawyer has been through similar cases before, this professional will be able to walk you through the steps needed.

This person will also be able to make sure that your medical documentation is in order and what will help qualify you for benefits. This person can also help make sure everything is in on time and in order before it is submitted.

– After your claim is approved, there are certain steps you need to make sure to take.

If anything in your condition changes, you will need to notify the Social Security Administration as soon as possible. This may affect your monthly payments or keep you from continuing to collect disability benefits.

When you have debilitating back pain that affects your work, make sure you know the steps moving forward to increase your case’s success. Consider obtaining a lawyer to help you through this process going forward. Contact us if you have any questions in regards to this process or are looking for a lawyer for your case. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog today!