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Social Security Disability Claims for Back Injuries

Back pain can be caused in a wide range of injuries and spinal issues. With the help of a knowledgeable Social Security disability lawyer in Dallas-Fort Worth, you may be able to receive disability benefits for back pain. Speak with our firm for the assistance you need to pursue the income necessary to support your family.

Spinal conditions that can cause severe back pain include:

  • Degenerative discs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Nerve root compression
  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Qualifying for SSDI Benefits

In order for your back problem to qualify you for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to prove that you have a "medically determinable" impairment that lasts for a minimum of one year. By obtaining medical documents, such as X-rays, MRIs, and doctors' notes, you can show that your back pain is caused by a physical abnormality of your spine.

The Social Security Administration will only approve the most severe back pain cases. The claimant's objective symptoms will be assessed to see whether they match the requirements for impairment. The administration will evaluate your functional limitations to see what type of work you could perform. In addition, your credibility will be examined.

Evaluating Your Functional Limitations

Functional limitations are actions that you cannot perform as a result of your back problem. If you functional limitations are severe enough, you may be able to receive disability benefits.

Limitations that are related to back problems can include:

  • Inability to walk more than a block without a break
  • Not being able to lift or carry more than 10 pounds
  • Inability to sit or stand for at least 2 hours

You will need to have these limitations documented in your medical records. Schedule a free case evaluation with Coats & Todd today for the legal assistance that you need!