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Can if I win disability if I file for back problems?



 
If you have filed for disability on the basis of back pain, will you be denied? Not necessarily, the Social Security Administration evaluates back pain like any other medical or mental impairment.

So how does Social Security evaluate medical or mental impairments? For Social Security purposes, all impairments are evaluated as to how they limit an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living, including the ability to perform substantial work activity. Basically, functionality is more important in determining whether an individual is entitled to a Social Security Disability benefit than their actual physical and/or mental impairment.

So what does all this mean with regard to back pain? Back pain will be evaluated under the Social Security muscloskeletal listings contained in the Social Security medical listing book, and if the individual’s back condition is severe enough to meet one of these listings the individual will be medically allowed for Social Security Disability (there are other potential non-medical criteria that must be met). What if an individual does not meet a Social Security medical listing?



Most individuals do not meet Social Security medical listings. What happens if an individual does not meet a listing? Social Security will consider an equaling of a listing (an individual’s symptoms do no meet a listing but are severe enough to equal the limitations of Social Security Disability listing) or a medical vocational allowance (considers age, education, work history, medical and/or mental impairment, and residual functional capacity to determine if an individual is disabled under Social Security law). An individual with back pain may be able to meet the SSD criteria for one of these allowances.

Generally, about sixty percent of all individuals who file for disability will have to follow the appeals process to win their Social Security Disability allowance. However, if you look on the bright side, this means about thirty- five to forty percent are allowances at the initial disability filing by one of the methods listed above.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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