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When Is Social Security Disability Available for Spine Disorders?

 Posted on September 21,2022 in Uncategorized

Waukesha Social Security Disability Lawyer for Spine Disorders

The spine is a complex system of bones, muscles, and ligaments that protect the spinal cord and allow the body to move. Because the spine is so important to the body’s overall function, any disorder that affects the spine can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. These disorders can also affect a person's ability to maintain gainful employment, and those who are significantly disabled may qualify for government benefits. Disability benefits are provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in cases where a person cannot work because of a serious medical condition. This includes individuals who suffer from spine disorders. To qualify for benefits, applicants must have a condition that will last at least one year or result in death. 

Types of Spine Disorders That May Qualify for SSD Benefits

There are multiple types of spine disorders, and they can cause a variety of debilitating symptoms depending on the parts of the spine that have been affected and the severity of the condition. Some of the most common symptoms related to spine disorders include pain, muscle weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, and problems with bladder or bowel control. In some cases, spine disorders can also lead to paralysis.

Some common spine disorders that may qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits include:

  • Spinal stenosis - This is a condition that involves a narrowing of the spaces in the spinal column. This may place significant pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. It will often affect the lower back and the area around the tailbone, and it can cause chronic pain and affect a person's ability to walk. 

  • Spinal arachnoiditis - This is a condition that results in inflammation of membranes surrounding the spinal cord. It may result in chronic pain, difficulty remaining in a seated position, or loss of bowel control.

  • Degenerative disc disease - This is a condition that occurs when the discs in the spine begin to break down. It can cause pain and stiffness in the back, as well as numbness or weakness in the legs. 

  • Spinal cord compression - Pressure on the spine, which may occur due to an injury or other conditions, can cause compression of nerve roots. This can lead to a great deal of pain, as well as loss of sensation and limited range of motion.

  • Fractured vertebrae - A broken bone in the spine can cause severe pain and limit a person's mobility. These injuries may occur due to trauma in car accidents, falls, or other situations, and they may damage or sever the spinal cord, which can result in partial or complete paralysis in different parts of the body.

Social Security disability may be available for people who suffer from severe spine disorders that prevent them from being able to work. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, applicants must first meet the SSA's definition of “disability.”  For most adults over the age of 18, this means that they cannot engage in work that is considered “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) because of the limitations placed upon them by a serious medical condition. 

To determine whether an applicant is unable to engage in SGA, the SSA will consider both the severity of the applicant’s medical condition and their ability to work. For example, if an applicant has a spine disorder that causes them severe pain, this may prevent them from being able to sit for long periods of time or lift heavy objects— activities that are necessary for many jobs. 

Contact Our Waukesha Social Security Disability Lawyer for Spine Disorders

If you are suffering from a spine disorder that prevents you from being able to work, you may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. The best way to find out if you qualify is by speaking with a qualified Milwaukee Social Security disability attorney about your case. Attorney Jonathan Pearson has a strong understanding of the SSA’s regulations and requirements, and he can help guide you through the application process so that you have the best chance possible of having your claim approved. Call Pearson Disability Law, LLC today at 414-240-4801 to arrange a free consultation.



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