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Qualifying for SSDI based on back impairments

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the United States, with about 80 percent of Americans experiencing back problems at some point in their lives. The severity of back injuries can certainly vary a lot. In some cases, it is a bit of soreness or tightness that makes itself known throughout the day. In other cases, it is debilitating enough to restrict an individual to bed and leave them unable to work.

When back injury keeps an individual from working for significant periods of time, disability benefits may not be enough to provide the long-term income one needs. In serious cases, Social Security disability may be available to those with back impairments.  Qualifying for SSDI is not usually an immediate thing, but is worth it for those whose back condition leaves them unable to work.

One of the ways an individual may qualify for Social Security disability benefits for a back injury is by meeting the criteria of an official entry in the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments. In the case of back impairments, many of these will fall under the category of Musculoskeletal Impairments. To qualify by this route, one must prove adequate evidence to meet each point of the criteria listed.

An alternative way to qualify for Social Security disability benefits is under a Medical Vocational Allowance. This involves a determination that, even though the applicant did not meet the criteria of a listed impairment, they are still considered disabled because of a combination of their inability to work, previous employment, age, work experience, and other factors.

All of this information can be found on the Social Security Administration’s website. Those who have questions about how they can qualify for SSDI based on a back impairment can also contact an experienced SSDI attorney for guidance and assistance. This is especially helpful in the event an appeal becomes necessary.

Source: Fox News, “A new approach to understanding back pain,” May 11, 2014. 

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