Herniated Discs

People who suffer from disabilities may find that they are unable to work due to complications related to the condition. Struggling to make ends meet due to an inability to work can be frustrating, but there is an option for people who have worked in the past. Social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are paid for through paycheck deductions. SSDI is essentially a type of insurance policy that is intended to help people make ends meet if they are unable to work due to a long-term disability.

Unlike other types of assistance, SSDI benefits must be earned by the individual who is applying for them. Since these benefits have been paid for by the applicant, there is no reason for a person to hesitate to file for SSDI benefits when a disability is expected to last at least 12 months.

What Are Herniated Discs?

Vertebrae in the spine provide protection for the entire spinal column. These vertebrae are separated and cushioned with pads that are typically referred to as discs. It is possible for the discs between the vertebrae to bulge or rupture, and this causes the disc to connect with the spinal column in an extremely painful way. Other symptoms associated with herniated discs include weakness or numbness along the spine or in the arms, legs or back. Pain, weakness and numbness may be exasperated during physical activity, and it may be especially painful for people with herniated discs to sit or stand for long periods of time.

Can You Get SSDI For Herniated Discs?

The pain associated with a herniated disc can be severe, and some people are unable to work because of this pain. Unfortunately, measuring the level of pain that someone is feeling is difficult to do. Pain tends to be a subjective symptom of a condition, so it is necessary for other types of medical evidence to be collected in order for a person to apply for SSDI benefits when suffering from a herniated disc.

When a person is suffering from back or neck pain due to a herniated disc, the best thing that they can do is to seek medical attention. A licensed medical professional will keep accurate records related to symptoms of the condition and treatment options that have been prescribed. It is also essential for an applicant to have a date of diagnosis for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to refer to when reviewing the application.

Although it is possible that treatment options will not work to alleviate pain in order to make it reasonable for a person to work, applicants are expected to try treatment options to demonstrate that they are ineffective. Documentation is often the deciding factor when it comes to SSDI cases.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Even if an applicant has seen a medical professional on a regular basis to ensure that medical records are available, navigating the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be confusing. Failure to fill out the appropriate paperwork can lead to a delay in the decision, and it is common for people to be denied benefits after applying for the first time.

The best way to take the pressure off when it comes to filing for SSDI benefits is by hiring a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the SSDI application process. Attorneys are able to use their knowledge and experience when it comes to filing an application to help their clients gather the paperwork and evidence needed to complete the process. When people are depending on benefits to help pay for their basic necessities, legal professionals can offer assistance and help their clients gain peace of mind.

Ruth F. Kolb, Esquire has been practicing social security disability law since 2003 handling all levels of representation from initial claims through all stages of appeal.