A spinal injury or disorder due to any cause is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a qualifying condition for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, the SSA evaluates each case individually to determine whether or not the effects of the spinal injury or treatments would preclude you from doing any kind of work for a period of at least twelve months.
In the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security manual (also known as the Blue Book), The Social Security Administration classifies spinal injuries as a Musculoskeletal System Disorders and include degenerative disc disease, herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, facet arthritis, and vertebral fracture. When evaluating individual cases, they consider a number of factors including:
- Loss of function due to the spinal injury or disorder.
- Inability to ambulate effectively.
- Inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively.
- Pain or other symptoms.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced in handling social security disability claims related to spinal injuries and disorders. We understand what the SSA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.