Back Pain and Disability: Do I Qualify?

by Jan 8, 2020

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Disabling Back Pain

If you’ve ever injured your back, you understand just how delicate it can be. Not to mention, a simple awkward twisting motion, or even lifting something too heavy can cause an injury. Also, one of the most common causes of injuries is motor vehicle accidents. As a result, these injuries can sometimes leave a person permanently disabled.

Permanent Back Injuries

After a severe back injury, it may take months of strenuous rehabilitative therapy to be able to walk again. Additionally, the damage may even be permanent. If this is the case, it is important that the incident is documented. You will want to see a physician immediately. This will start building a library of medical records you can refer back to later. Also, you will need this documentation to prove when your pain and suffering actually began. For health reasons alone you should never put off seeing a doctor when you are injured. If an individual can pinpoint the exact moment that he or she suffered the disabling injury that left the individual unable to work, the process of filing for disability may be much easier.

Are you unable to work due to back pain?

If you are injured at work or in a car accident, your injury may be severe enough where you are unable to work. Similarly, if you are permanently disabled from a back injury, you may be left unable to work. If this happens, you may want to apply for Social Security disability benefits. Social security disability will provide you with income for living expenses. You can receive benefits for years, or if you are injured permanently, you may qualify for lifelong benefits.

Back Pain Studies

Low back pain is more universal than we might think. A recent study found it to be the leading cause of disability worldwide. The research study was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. It included data from another study, Global Burden of Disease 2010 that included cases from 187 countries, covering the years 1990, 2005 and 2010. Using the data, researchers found that approximately one in 10 people will experience low back pain. Researchers noted that as the life expectancy of the average person continues to increase, the number of elderly people will grow as well, adding to the prevalence of this type of injury.

Causes of Back Pain

There are many different causes of back pain, both chronic and temporary. It is important that you see a doctor if you are experiencing constant back pain, especially if it is severe. The most common causes of back pain are:

  • Bulging disks
  • Ruptured Disks
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Strain
  • Ligament Strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Osteoporosis

How do you qualify for Social Security Disability With Back Pain?

It all depends on the severity of your condition. If your condition leaves you unable to sit or stand for extended periods of time, such as a typical workday, you may be eligible for benefits. Similarly, if you have difficulty or pain moving around and cannot consistently perform work duties, you may also qualify. Back pain disability all hinges on whether or not you are able to do a job.

Speak with a Disability Attorney

The team at the Disability Advantage Group is experienced with Social Security Disability cases. We have helped many who are unable to work to receive benefits. We can evaluate your case and determine if we can help you apply for Social Security benefits. Call our office at (865) 566-0800 to speak with one of our staff today. They will answer your questions and help guide you through the process.