If you have a back injury that has caused you to become unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. Our firm has been successfully handling SSD claims for several years and we charge no fee unless you get past due award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form on our site.
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Can You Get Disability Benefits After A Back Injury?
Back injuries can be painful and can keep you off your feet, keeping you out of work for long periods of time. Back injuries, which cause a disability resulting in at least a year’s worth of missed work and that are diagnosed by a doctor, can sometimes lead to a successful SSDI claim. Back injuries of all kinds are among the most common disabilities that the Social Security Administration recognizes.
What Back Injuries Can Qualify As Disabilities?
- Bulging/Herniated Discs: These can occur in the upper back, lower back, or neck. They are most common in the lower back because of the serious strain put on the lower back daily.
- Pinched Nerves: When the spine has a bulging or herniated disc, which rests up against a nerve, it causes pain in the spine. The pinched nerve can radiate pain to other parts of the body, usually to the arms and legs.
- Cervical Spine Injury: When the cervical spine is fractured or dislocated, like from whiplash or a fall, it can cause extreme pain. There are various grades of this injury that have different types of symptoms and severities. Regardless of the severity of the injury, cervical spine injuries can be extremely painful and result in an inability to return to work.
- Degenerative Disc Disease: Degeneration of the discs in one’s back is a normal part of the aging process, but some individuals have excessive degeneration that qualifies it as a disease. This disease involves serious lower back pain that radiates to other extremities. It can have a severe effect on the quality of life of the person suffering from the disease.
- Chronic Back Pain: Generalized back pain can keep a person out of work for extended periods of time. Back pain is one of the worst pains to have because every movement involves the spine. Many people with serious back injuries are unable to return to work because of this pain, even though they want to.
- Lumbar Spine Injury: The lumbar spine (lower back) is one of the more common places that people fracture their backs. These injuries can occur because of a car crash, a fall, a sports accident or a violent act. The different types of fractures are compression fractures, axial burst fractures, flexion fractures, transverse process fractures and fracture dislocations.
- Spinal Meningitis: When the spine becomes inflamed between the spine and the brain because of an uncontrollable infection, this causes joint swelling and pain in the neck and back. It can be incredibly painful and if not diagnosed in time it can be life threatening.
- Stenosis of the Spine: The spine narrows and creates pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that surround the spinal cord. This is a chronic and painful condition that makes it very difficult to go to work.
How Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Not all back injuries qualify as disabilities. In order to determine if your back injury is a disability, the Social Security Administration will review your application and all of your medical records. If they determine that you have been unable to work, or will be unable to work, for at least a year because of your injury, you might qualify for SSD benefits. An experienced disability lawyer will be able to tell you more. Read more.
Why Hire Us?
If you are unable to work due to a back injury, you could be entitled to disability benefits. The lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates have been successfully representing SSDI applicants for several years now and they charge no fee unless you receive a past due award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form online.