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Can You Collect Social Security Disability for a Back Injury in Texas?

 Posted on September 08, 2023 in Social Security Disability

TX disability lawyerIf you suffer a back injury that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Texas. However, you will need to meet specific medical criteria. Working with a lawyer can help you know which steps you should take to make the most out of your case.

Documenting Your Condition

To start an SSDI claim for a back injury in Texas, you must submit full medical records from all your doctors documenting your condition. These must provide objective evidence like MRI scans, x-rays, EMGs, and nerve conduction studies proving you have a serious back disorder.

Establishing Severity Under SSA Listings

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has Listings of Impairments that outline the severity criteria needed for approval based on each medical condition. For back injuries, you must prove :

  • Nerve root compression characterized by limitation of motion of the spine, neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, motor loss (atrophy) accompanied by reflex or sensory loss
  • Spinal arachnoiditis - This needs confirmation by biopsy or MRI
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis that causes an inability to ambulate effectively

Meeting the Duration Requirement

Along with meeting the SSA severity criteria, your back injury must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Short-term or partial disabilities do not qualify for SSDI in Texas.

Documenting Functional Limitations

In addition to objective medical evidence of a serious back condition, you must prove substantial functional limitations in your ability to perform work activities. Your doctor must comprehensively fill out a Residual Functional Capacity form describing your physical restrictions.

Consider Your Age and Work History

The SSA also factors in your age, education, work experience, and transferable skills when determining if a back injury prevents you from working and earning substantial gainful income. Meeting the medical criteria does not guarantee approval.

Understanding Approval and Denial

Most claims require an appeal hearing to be approved. Having an experienced SSDI lawyer maximizes your chances. While not easy to qualify for, it is possible to get Social Security disability benefits for a severe back injury or spinal disorder if you meet all their eligibility criteria. Doctors’ support and legal guidance are invaluable when applying in Texas.

Contact a Houston Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you need help with Social Security disability insurance, working with a Texas Social Security disability attorney can be beneficial. Call The Law Offices of Coats & Toddat 972-671-9922 for a free case evaluation.

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