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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 individualís 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 individualís 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 individualís 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.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your social security disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing