Will Chronic Back Pain Qualify for Disability Benefits in Florida?
Are you eligible for Social Security disability benefits in Broward County if you have chronic back pain? Some people may have back pain from a strain or pulled muscle that will heal within a few months. But, if you are suffering from chronic back pain that interferes with your every day living you may qualify for disability benefits in Broward County.
Chronic back pain disability benefits may be awarded to individuals who are suffering from pain that inhibits their everyday ability to function such as walking, bending, twisting, or lifting, etc.
The Social Security Administration follows a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine if a person is in fact disabled and eligible for disability benefits. Step number 3 of the sequential evaluation, has a “List of Impairments” that it will reference to see if you meet the requirements.
Partial lists of chronic back problems that are listed in the “Listing of Impairment” include:
- Degenerate disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- And others
If your chronic back pain impairment is not listed, the Social Security Administration’s disability examiner will assess and make a finding about your residual functional capacity based on all the medical records and other evidence related to your situation.
The Social Security Administration will review any back abnormalities and complaints including your pain, symptoms and how severe the impairment is. It is looking for evidence to see how you are responding to medical treatment, the frequency of your doctor visits, how you respond to your pain, and the review of your medical records from your physician.
Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits is not easy because you will have to prove that your chronic back pain is inhibiting you from working. An experienced Broward County Social Security disability benefits attorney can help you prepare your disability benefit claim and review your situation.
Don’t try to do this yourself when you can have the assistance of an experienced Broward County Disability benefits attorney.
Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld a knowledgeable disability benefits attorney for a consultation today at 954-807-1334.