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Can I Collect SSDI For Permanent Degenerative Spinal Condition?

social security disability lawyer in ChicagoSocial Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays financial benefits to people who are “insured” under the program and who have a qualifying disability or medical impairment. You may be wondering: “Can I qualify for SSDI benefits if I have a degenerative spinal condition or degenerative disc disease?” The answer is ‘yes’—but your condition must be well documented.

In this blog post, attorney Harold W. Conick, Social Security disability lawyer in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, provides an overview of SSDI claims and permanent degenerative spinal conditions/permanent degenerative disc disease.

A Degenerative Spinal Condition Can Be Debilitating

A degenerative spinal condition or degenerative disc disease has the potential to be completely debilitating. It could prevent you from working on a full-time basis. As described by Johns Hopkins Medicine, these types of degenerative conditions are essentially a form of arthritis of the spine.

It is not uncommon for people to develop permanent degenerative spinal conditions and permanent degenerative disc disease as they get older — especially if they spent many years working in a physically taxing position. Though, any person could develop back and spinal problems.

In medicine, the term degenerative describes conditions that are expected to gradually worsen over time. One of the most challenging aspects of dealing with a degenerative spinal issue is that the impairment may become even more debilitating. Immediate medical intervention is a must.

Your Ability to Qualify for SSDI Benefits Depends on Your Medical Records

While a permanent degenerative spinal condition or permanent degenerative disc disease can qualify for SSDI benefits, some people struggle to get the full and fair Social Security disability compensation that they rightfully deserve.

As these medical conditions vary widely, Illinois Disability Determination Services (DDS) will take a very close look at your medical records. You will only be approved for SSDI benefits if DDS rules that your degenerative spinal condition keeps you from working on a full-time basis. To qualify as disabled, you will need:

  • Well-organized medical records that demonstrate your spinal/disc issue
  • Documentation that you are under the care of a licensed medical professional
  • A formal diagnosis that you have a qualifying medical condition

You will be in the best position to recover Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if you have received consistent treatment and you have a formal diagnosis of your condition. As an example, an applicant who has been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis with support from a doctor who says they cannot reasonably return to work has a strong case for SSDI benefits.

Call Our Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area SSDI Attorney for Immediate Help With Your Disability Claim

At Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., our Social Security disability lawyers are tough and results-driven advocates for people and families who need help the most. If you have any questions about SSDI and permanent degenerative spinal conditions, our team will help.

For a free review of your disability case, please contact us today. We handle SSDI claims all over the entire region, including the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area.