If you can’t work and need benefits…
for Social Security Disability, it can be hard to pay your medical bills, and to support yourself and your family.
Contact The Law Offices of John Hurley, to talk for FREE about your case.
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Get Help Proving Your Back Condition to Social Security Disability
When you have a bad back, it has an impact on every part of your life.
Severe back pain can make it impossible for you to work, which means you lose income and face serious worries about money.
Social Security Disability benefits could help restore your financial stability and relieve your stress. But getting benefits can be frustrating and hard. Most people get turned down when they first apply.
An attorney at the Law Offices of John Hurley can guide you through the process and build your strongest possible case. Give us a call today.
With Back Problems, You’re Not Alone
Back injuries and ailments are extremely common.
More than 25 million adults in the United States reported chronic back pain in a 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health. Another 23 million reported severe back pain.
And back conditions can come in many forms:
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative discs
- Nerve root compression
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
When Does Your Back Problem Officially Qualify as a “Disability?”
To establish a disability with a back condition under Social Security’s strict rules, you have to prove you can’t stand, walk or sit for long periods, or that you’re unable to perform fine or gross movements on a sustained basis.
Social Security also considers the effects of medications you may be taking that may impact your ability to function at work.
Your back problem makes you eligible for disability benefits when it meets these basic conditions:
- You cannot work because of your condition.
- You cannot do the work you did before.
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your back pain.
- Your medical problem has lasted or is expected to last at least one year (or result in death).
If you’re not certain you qualify, call us. The team at the Law Offices of John Hurley will evaluate your case for free.
You Will Need Strong Medical Evidence
Medical evidence is one of the most important parts of your Social Security Disability application.
You should include in your application any documents of a diagnosis related to lost ranges of motion, weakness or atrophy of muscles, and/or sensory or reflex changes.
And your medical evidence should include copies of medical imaging that might support your case, such as X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs or bone scans.
Is there more than just a back problem?
Some people who have severe back problems may also suffer from depression related to their symptoms, pain or inability to do all the activities they once did.
That could qualify as a mental health impairment, so your application should also include documentation of any mental health problems, as well as physical ones.
You’re Facing a Tough System
It’s hard to win Social Security Disability benefits.
Less than one-third of Social Security Disability applicants were awarded benefits in 2016, according to numbers from Social Security.
When people appealed their denials to a Social Security administrative law judge in early 2017, they only won benefits 45 percent of the time.
But you shouldn’t hesitate to apply for benefits.
Social Security’s own numbers have shown your chances of winning benefits increase when you have an experienced lawyer.
Get Professional Help with Your Claim
At the Law Offices of John Hurley, we focus solely on Social Security Disability law. Attorney John Hurley has 40 years of experience helping people Naples and Southwest Florida.
We know the system and how to navigate it for you.
If you have back problem, we can help determine if you qualify for benefits, then help you put together a strong application, giving your case the best chance for success.
Call us today. Free 1-888-263-6861.