When your back goes bad, all kinds of daily tasks become arduous. Standing, walking, bending, lifting. Most importantly—working.
Social Security Disability benefits help you keep functioning financially when you can’t work due to health problems like back impairments. Benefits let you rest easier and take care of yourself.
But you may wonder, can you really get disability benefits for back pain? A lot of people experience back problems from time to time. What needs to be special about your case to qualify you for disability benefits?
The process is much more complicated than just saying you have a back condition that stops you from working.
Social Security has highly technical rules for different medical conditions and highly specific assessments of what you are able and unable to do.
It can be a good idea to talk to a Social Security Disability lawyer who helps with your individual situation. In disability cases, you pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.
For people in Oregon, the Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor disability lawyers help from offices in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay and Medford. They have more than 60 years of combined legal experience.
On the other side of your Social Security Disability application can be a more stable life. Let us help you get there.
Back pain, of course, isn’t just one thing. It can come from many different back issues you may have.
For a Social Security Disability claim for back pain, you’ll need to point to the specific medical diagnosis that causes your pain, limits your movement, and rules out working.
Getting Social Security Disability benefits requires you to prove your health problems make it impossible to work much at all, and your status won’t change for at least 12 months.
For back conditions, you do this in part by submitting medical evidence such as x-ray images, CT scans, MRIs, physical exam reports, lab test results, muscle strength tests, surgical records, prescription lists, and doctors’ recommendations for devices like walkers and wheelchairs.
These are just some of the conditions that can give you a claim for disability with back pain:
Your disability claim can involve multiple health impairments, including ones not listed here.
If Social Security doesn’t provide guidelines for the exact impairment you have, you can also show it a measurement of your “residual functional capacity” or RFC.
RFC is Social Security’s term for how much physical activity you can handle despite your pain, stiffness and other limitations.
You can start the process of building your claim for benefits by having a free conversation with the Oregon disability attorneys at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor.
When you’re in pain and it’s interfering with your life and livelihood, in an ideal world help would be easily available.
But that’s not our world.
Typically, about 80 percent of people get denied for disability benefits on their first try.
Being rejected and having to appeal the decision is practically a built-in part of the process.
As you deal with your bad back, here are some things you can do to increase your chances of success getting disability benefits:
Benefits come with monthly income support and access to Medicare or Medicaid health care.
This can be life-changing, so make sure you approach it right.
A disability lawyer can help you avoid mistakes that may lead to denials and prolong the process.
The disability attorneys at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor pride themselves on working personally with clients, helping from the very first step of applying for benefits, and making sure you’re treated with dignity and respect throughout the process.
If back pain is pushing you down, let us help you move forward.
Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:Disability FAQs »
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