Can I Receive Benefits For Back Pain?
Back pain disabilities are often recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) under its listing of impairments. However, properly documenting chronic back pain can be difficult, and as a result, many people who file Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims with these conditions are denied.
At McKown & Myers, LLP, our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience handling these matters. From the initial application through the appeals process, we commit our time and resources to helping people prove their disability with the SSA so they can obtain the benefits they need.
We Communicate With Your Doctor To Obtain Documentation
When applying for benefits for a condition that is not visibly obvious, such as a back injury, your doctor’s testimony is highly valuable. It is important that he or she documents the injury and how it prevents you from working exactly to the SSA specifications.
Medical documentation you may need includes:
- Record of a diagnosis and symptoms
- Records from emergency room visits
- Detailed information regarding your treatment
- Test results
- Information regarding your medical history
- Physician statements
At McKown & Myers, LLP, we will work with your doctor to educate him or her about the documentation needed. We will even prepare a questionnaire and other documents that will guide your doctor to use the factual statements the SSA looks for when determining who should receive benefits.
We Consult With A Team Of Vocational And Medical Experts
If your back pain claim is denied at the initial application and the reconsideration stage, the next step is to attend a hearing with an administrative law judge. During this hearing, the judge will question a vocational specialist and medical expert to help determine benefit eligibility. We are also allowed to question the experts. We know the approach to take to either support or challenge the experts’ testimony, which can lead to the judge deciding in your favor.