Back Pain and Social Security Disability

One of the most common conditions that causes people to file a Social Security disability claim is chronic back pain. Every year Social Security sees thousands of disability claims for back pain. More than three-quarters of initial claims for back pain disability are turned down by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Seventy-eight percent of initial claims are denied according to a 2014 SSA report. However, 70 percent are approved after a hearing in front of an SSA administrative law judge. If your back problems are legitimately preventing you from working, it pays to be persistent and to have a strong advocate in your corner.

In deciding your case, SSA will look at

  • Your objective symptoms, to determine if they match the requirements in the Social Security’s impairment listing.
  • Your functional limitations (for example, does walking cause you pain, is your range of motion limited and interfering with your ability to stoop or bend, or are you only able to sit or stand in one position for a short time) to see if you can return to your previous work or do any other work in the national economy.

Because most back pain claims are based on subjective reporting of the severity of pain, SSA will also evaluate your credibility.

Winning a disability case for chronic back pain is not easy, but it can be done and has been accomplished for countless numbers of our clients. Don’t be afraid to get help. The attorneys at Cuddigan Law focus exclusively on disability law and can present your case in a way that Social Security can understand. Contact us for a free evaluation of your situation.

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