Social Security Disability for Neck Pain in Detroit
If you suffer from debilitating neck pain, your problem is much worse than a literal pain in your neck. It’s also a drain on your bank account. Medical conditions affecting your neck can be so severe, you can’t work.
Just about any activity, and certainly any job, requires you to be able to move your neck without pain. You probably thought nothing of it—until you had a problem.
When a health crisis turns into a money crisis, Social Security disability benefits can provide the financial support you need to regain a sense of peace in your life, so you can focus on getting better.
But winning benefits is hard. It’s a complicated government program. Most people are denied, at least at first.
The attorneys at Levine Benjamin Law Firm can guide you through. We’ve helped over 80,000 people win benefits.
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Proving You Need Disability Benefits for Neck Pain
To get disability income when neck pain forces you off work, you have to meet Social Security’s very specific definition of what counts as a “disability.”
You must show that:
- Your neck pain is making you unable to do your past work.
- You also couldn’t adjust to a different line of work.
- And your condition will last a year, or eventually lead to death.
One way to demonstrate you can’t work because of neck pain is to show that your particular condition is included in Social Security’s “blue book,” which lists impairments that can qualify you for disability income.
Several medical conditions related to the neck can qualify. You’ll need to document problems like these:
- Your neck pain inhibits your ability to move.
- Your pain inhibits your gross motor skills—or the movement of major muscle groups needed for walking, sitting, etc.
- Doctors have found a medically determined impairment to be the root cause of your pain.
Your medical evidence—including test results from MRIs, X-rays and doctor’s reports from physical examinations—will always be at the center of a successful Social Security disability application.
What If My Impairment Isn’t on Social Security’s List?
A challenge with neck pain and winning Social Security disability benefits can be that the source of your pain isn’t listed as an official impairment.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t win benefits.
You could still get benefits by having Social Security examine your individual symptoms and give you a “residual functional capacity,” or RFC, rating.
Determined by Social Security’s medical consultants, your RFC rating indicates the intensity level of work you’re able to do with the health limitations you have, regardless of your medical diagnosis.
Sometimes, Social Security will give you a “medical-vocational allowance,” which means they’ve determined:
- Based on your medical evidence, you can’t perform the work you used to do or any of the work you’ve done in the past 15 years, including the least strenuous work.
- Given your condition, age and transferable skills, there’s no other job in the marketplace where you can move.
Get Help with Your Disability Application for Neck Pain
Even when it’s obvious to you and people who know you that you can’t work, winning Social Security disability benefits isn’t easy.
Go easier on yourself by getting an experienced Social Security disability lawyer to help you apply for benefits, or appeal if you’re turned down.
Some law firms only help you when you’ve already been denied and need to appeal. We’ll help from the very beginning, filing your application for you.
Levine Benjamin has been helping people in Detroit, across Michigan and in Ohio win benefits since 1964. We deal with this system every day and know how to fight for the benefits you deserve.
You can get us to evaluate your case for FREE. And you won’t pay an attorney’s fee until you win benefits.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.