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Chronic Back Pain and Disability

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chronic Back Pain and Social Security Disability

It might seem surprising that the primary cause of Americans being unable to work is related to back pain. 1 in every 10 individuals suffers from a debilitating condition such as degenerative disc disease, herniated/bulging discs, nerve root compression, spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis or paralysis that affects their daily activities, and ultimately their ability to engage in substantial gainful activity.

If you experience debilitating back pain or have suffered a spinal injury, and this has lasted at least 12 months or can be expected to last at least 12 months, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Having the appropriate medical documentation of your condition, such as X-rays and MRIs, is essential to building a strong case.  This evidence also helps to demonstrate how much your back pain affects your day-to-day activities. It is very important to communicate all of your symptoms and limitations to your healthcare provider.

When Social Security evaluates your claim, they must determine what you are able to do despite your impairments – this is known as the residual functional capacity assessment (RFC).  This determination involves the capacity for sitting, standing, lifting and walking, and several other factors.

Chronic back pain and spinal injuries can be devastating to an individual’s lifestyle, but Social Security Disability benefits can offer some relief when you’re unable to work.  The Disability Attorneys of Arizona have extensive experience in building strong cases and can handle everything from filing the initial claim to the appeals process. We DO NOT collect a fee unless YOU WIN!

If you believe you may be eligible for SSDI due to severe back pain or injury, contact an experienced Arizona disability lawyer free initial consultation.  Let us help you obtain the money you deserve!


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