Social Security Disability for Back Pain in Detroit
Back pain can frustrate almost anything you do. If your job requires you to stand a lot, back pain makes it miserable. If you sit at a desk for a long time, back pain makes you suffer then, too. If you have a physically demanding job, back pain makes working impossible.
And when you can’t work, you can’t bring home a paycheck, put food on your table, pay your electricity bill and keep a roof over your head. It’s scary.
But there’s hope.
You could receive life-sustaining monthly checks that help you cover your basic expenses through the Social Security disability program.
This is no handout. When you worked, you paid into Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) with every paycheck. So when health problems force you off work before retirement age, you deserve benefits.
But it’s not easy to get them. Social Security has a complicated legal system for deciding who wins benefits. Most people get denied when they first apply.
The attorneys at Levine Benjamin Law Firm know how to get you through this system.
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Does My Back Pain Qualify for Social Security Disability?
Back pain comes from many causes. Social Security includes several sources of back pain in its “blue book” list of official impairments that can qualify you to receive disability benefits.
- Degenerative discs
- Herniated discs
- Nerve root compression
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
No matter what condition you have, you always to prove these points to win Social Security disability benefits:
- You can’t do the work you used to do because of your health.
- You can’t transfer to a new line of work.
- Your back condition will last at least a year.
How to Prove You Deserve Disability Benefits
Medical evidence is at the core of your case for disability benefits for back pain.
Social Security says MRIs, X-rays, physical exams and reports from physical therapy are all forms of medical evidence you can use to prove your case.
Your evidence must show one of the following:
- You’re suffering from nerve root compression, have a limited range of motion in your spine and have sensory or reflex loss.
- You’re suffering from spinal arachnoiditis, as supported by medical imaging evidence, meaning you need to change positions or posture at least twice every two hours.
- You have a medically documented inability to move about, caused by lumbar spine stenosis that produces leg pain, especially when standing or walking.
What If My Back Pain Doesn’t Meet the Disability Listings?
Sometimes, you can’t prove any of the above conditions, but you still have back pain that makes you unable to work and medical evidence to document it.
In this case, the Social Security Administration may look at your “residual functional capacity,” or RFC.
A Social Security medical consultant determines your RFC rating by measuring how your health is affecting your daily life.
Your RFC rating indicates whether you can do light, medium or heavy work. Based on this rating, you may receive what’s called a “medical-vocational allowance” which means:
- You can’t return to working the least strenuous job you’ve had in the past 15 years, before your back condition occurred.
- Based on your current work ability, age and transferrable skills, you can’t find any new line of work to move into.
Get Someone to Help Build Your Case
You have to get through a lot of legal hoops to prove that you meet the blue book requirements for an official impairment for back pain, or that you deserve a medical-vocational allowance.
This is probably something you’ve never done before. But at Levine Benjamin, we do it all the time.
Since 1964, Levine Benjamin has helped over 50,000 people in Metro Detroit, across Michigan and in Ohio win Social Security disability benefits.
Our clients have included people suffering from back pain who ultimately received monthly benefits and financial relief. We can help you, too.
Best of all—we don’t charge anything up front. You won’t pay us a fee until you win benefits. And we’ll evaluate your case for FREE.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.