Back pain is a common health problem that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, back pain sometimes becomes so severe that it makes it impossible to work. If you have terrible back pain and you cannot do your job as a result of it, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. An experienced Las Angeles disability benefits lawyer will help you to determine if you can put together a strong application for benefits given the nature of your back pain.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits for Back Pain
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires applicants for disability benefits to have a severe disabling condition that either has lasted for 12 months, is likely to be fatal, or is likely to last for 12 months. This means your back pain must be chronic if you are going to be eligible for benefits. Your condition also must prevent you from working in the job you were doing before your back began to act up, or from doing any job that your education and experience have qualified you to do.
To help the SSA determine when to allow an applicant to receive benefits, a “Blue Book” or Listing of Impairments has been created by the Social Security Administration. If your health condition isn’t listed in the blue book, it becomes harder to qualify for benefits because you must show medical equivalence. If you do have a listed condition, you are going to need to show specific symptoms associated with the listed medical problems you are claiming to have.
Most of the listed conditions related to Back Pain are found in Part 1 of the Blue Book, which relates to Musculoskeletal Disorders. For example, section 1.04 addresses disorders of the spine that can make you eligible for benefits, including:
- Osteoarthritis or facet arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Vertebral fractures
If you have these conditions, certain other medical problems like osteoporosis, or other severe back pain, you may be able to put together an application to convince the SSA to give you benefits. Contact a Las Angeles Social Security disability lawyer to learn more and to find out how to move forward with making a disability benefits claim.