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Back pain: Increasingly cited SSD condition in future?

Chances are that if you are an adult reader of this blog post in Wisconsin or elsewhere, you have likely suffered from back pain at one time or another during your life.

Most people have. In fact, back pain is one of the more common ailments that afflicts people of all backgrounds, and it can range from temporary discomfort to longer-term and excruciating pain that can, in some instances, last a lifetime.

Many people flatly cannot work -- or can work at only a reduced level -- because of persistent back pain. In some cases, employees can file for and receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered pursuant to on-the-job endeavors. In other instances, short-term disability can provide for needed time off and payments to defray living costs.

What about longer bouts of pain, though, which can cause some people to file in good faith for Social Security disability benefits? How does the government customarily treat SSD applications involving back pain?

At the outset, it needs to be noted that SSD eligibility extends only to persons who have a so-called “medically determinable impairment” that will likely result in death or that has already lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of a year or longer.

Although that requirement renders some SSD applications based on back pain problematic, it certainly allows for approval of applications in select instances. Early consultation with an experienced Social Security disability attorney can help provide a would-be claimant with relevant information and focused representation at all stages of a disability claim.

The government is likely to receive increasingly more SSD applications based on debilitating back pain in the future, given the aging population. In fact, a recent study indicates that back pain -- predominantly low back pain -- is the leading cause of disability globally.

Source: Medical News Today, "Low back pain is number 1 cause od disability worldwide," Marie Ellis, March 25, 2014

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