Social Security Disability for a Back Injury

How To Apply For Social Security Disability For A Back Injury

Social security disability claims for a back injury are the most common. This results in the examiners seeing back injuries and problems every day and they will only grant the claims in certain cases. These cases will be those that are the most severe and are medically determinable.

Disability for Back Pain

Can You Claim For A Back Injury?

If you have suffered a back injury, you can make a social security disability claim. It is important to note that this will not always be successful as you need to meet the severity requirements for that particular injury or spinal disorder. This is not always easy and those who have low to moderate pain from the injury will often have their claims denied.

The Type Of Injury

The type of back injury that you have will play a large role in whether you can claim social security disability. Injuries that are muscular in nature will often be harder to determine in a physical examination. As your claim is subjective and based on injuries and pain reported by you, a credibility test will be completed. Many back injury claims will rest on this test.

If you have a back injury that is medically determinable through x-rays and other scans, it might be easier to make your claim. You will need to look at the listing of back disorders that the social security office has. If your back disorder does not have a specific listing, it can be harder to get your claim approved.

Back Disorder Listings

There are 6 specific back disorder listings that you need to know about. It is important to note that not all of these listings will relate to your back injury as many are for back-related conditions such as scoliosis. Of these listings, nerve root compression and herniated discs are the ones you need to know about.

If your back injury has caused nerve root compression, you may be able to get disability. This condition causes a significant amount of pain and will be disabling. If you have a herniated or bulging disc, you could claim disability. The problem is that the SSA often finds that the disability from this condition lasts less than a year. This is important because your back problem will need to persist longer than a year for you to be eligible for social security disability.

Back Disorders Without Listings

If your back injury has not caused one of the listed disorders, it is generally harder to get your claim approved. This does not mean that it is impossible to have a successful claim. You will generally need to provide specific documentation to support your claim.

Spinal cord injuries are one of the disorders that do not have a specific listing. If you have this type of injury, you may automatically be eligible for disability benefits. While this is the case, there are some individuals who are not automatically eligible.

If you have a back injury and would like to make a social security disability claim, you may want to contact a disability advocate for back injuries. As these are the most common claims, they are not always approved. An attorney could help your chances and ensure that you provide all the necessary documentation.

Need Help Getting Your Disability Claim Approved?

If you or a loved one need help getting your disability claim approved, contact a GAR Disability Advocate today for a free consultation.

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