If you are experiencing debilitating bulging disc back pain issues you may be eligible for disability benefits
One of the most common reasons people claim Social Security Disability or Long Term Disability benefits is back pain. Back pain can be debilitating and prevent you from working, particularly if your career is physically demanding. Bulging or herniated disks are a common cause of back pain.
Author Greg Reed:
Bulging disc occurs when a spinal disc extends into the spinal canal.
A bulging disc may or may not cause pain depending on whether it pinches a nerve. Bulging discs are common among older people as spinal discs tend to wear out with age. In fact, it is normal for the spinal discs to bulge as a person ages and nearly everyone will experience bulging discs to some degree. It is generally not considered a serious aliment unless the disc is pinching a nerve and causing pain or is herniated.
The word “herniated” means “protruding through an abnormal bodily opening”.
In the case of a herniated disc, this occurs when the hard outer layer of cartilage of a bulging disc finally cracks and the soft inner cartilage pokes through. Herniated disc are more serious and more likely to cause severe pain and disability than bulging disc.
Social Security’s Blue Book lists all the conditions which qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
To qualify under the Blue Book listing, the applicant must demonstrate:
“Evidence of nerve root compression characterized by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of motion of the spine, motor loss (atrophy with associated muscle weakness or muscle weakness) accompanied by sensory or reflex loss and, if there is involvement of the lower back, positive straight-leg raising test (sitting and supine)”
Nerve root compression is what Social Security will be looking for when matching an applicant to the listing.
Nerve root compression is commonly referred to as Sciatica, although, technically, Sciatica only refers to compression of the sciatic nerve. Nerve root compression invariably causes pain. The pain is generally felt as a dull, aching soreness though the pain can manifest itself in a prickling or tingling sensation. Nerve root compression often results in weakness and loss of feeling. Nerves run from the spine out through the body. Nerve root compression pain is general felt from where the nerve is pinched in the spine and the through the nerve. This means a pinched nerve in the spine can cause pain throughout the body. Nerve root compression is typically diagnosed through MRI scans and this is one of the most effective (though perhaps prohibitively expensive) ways to prove a SSDI claim for back pain.
If you have a bulging or herniated disc, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Long Term Disability Benefits.
Applying for benefits can be difficult. Applications can take months to process, and the majority are denied. This can be particularly difficult as most applicants are physically unable to earn money during the application process. If you are thinking about applying for benefits, or if you have applied and been denied, we can help.
Herniated Disc long-term disability claim:
One Bastrop client, who worked for Albertson’s, had an inoperable, severely herniated disc in his lumbar spine, which caused both spinal stenosis and severe intractable back pain. His disability Plan Administrator claimed that he was capable of performing sedentary work, so his claim was denied. It was determined that, in an eight-hour work day, the client could only stand, sit, or drive in 30-minute increments. He required and took on a daily basis Methadone, Percocet, Neurantin, Paxil, and Klonopin. These medications prevented him from obtaining any gainful employment. Two of his treating physicians wrote that his condition was so severe that they did not even recommend performing a functional capacity evaluation on him, because it would violate his lifting restrictions and could do further damage to his severe back problem. Bemis, Roach & Reed took his case to trial and won, with a benefit reinstatement award.
The attorneys at Bemis, Roach & Reed have experience helping disabled individuals in central Texas win benefits. We have represented clients in Austin and throughout Texas. Having professional representation will improve the chances of you winning your claim and help alleviate the pressure of the application process. Call us today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
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