With about 1 in every 10 individuals suffering from debilitating back conditions, it is no surprise that chronic back pain is the most common cause for disability. Common conditions that may qualify for disability benefits are: degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, nerve root compression, and paralysis. Because back conditions are so common, Social Security is particular with what qualified as a disability. To see a full list of these qualifications click here.
What Can I Do To Help Win My Disability Benefits
When applying for disability it is important to be able to prove that your back pain is severe enough to warrant disability benefits. There are a couple of things you can do to build your case.
Get Adequate Testing
First, the most important thing you can do it get adequate testing. If your doctor says “you may have degenerative disc disease” it isn’t going to cut it. Make sure your doctor orders the proper testing whether that is a MRI, CT Scan, or X Ray to confirm your condition.
Get Regular Treatment
Second, get regular treatment. You may be seeing your primary care doctor, a pain specialist, or a back specialist. Whoever you are seeing make sure you are seeing them regularly. If they recommend being seen monthly keep a monthly appointment. Ask your doctor how often you should be coming in.
Find a Doctor Who Is Supportive of Your Claim
Third, find a doctor who is supportive of your claim. If you can find a doctor who is willing to fill out one of our forms. A Residual Functional Capacity form or a short narrative statement will greatly strengthen your disability claim.
Call a Utah Disability Lawyer
Having an experienced attorney fight on your behalf can make the difference between winning and losing your claim. If your back condition is making it impossible to work you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. We charge $0 up front and will only accept a fee if we are able to get you the benefits you deserve. Call today.