How Does the Social Security Administration Decide if I Qualify for Disability Benefits for Back Pain or Spine Impairments?
If you have a spine disorder that limits movement or causes chronic back pain, Social Security disability benefits may be available. To determine whether you are disabled by your back pain, or other spinal problems, the Social Security Administration first considers whether your back problems are severe enough to meet or equal a listing at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. If you meet or equal a listing because of back pain or other spine disorders, you are considered disabled. If your back problems are not severe enough to equal or meet a listing, Social Security Administration must assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) (the work you can still do, despite your back), to determine whether you qualify for benefits at Step 4 and Step 5 of the Sequential Evaluation Process.
Consider getting help with your Social Security disability claim from a disability lawyer
Social Security claimants who have questions about how their pain affects their eligibility for Social Security disability benefits should consider checking with an experienced disability lawyer.
If you are not already represented by a Social Security disability lawyer, contact me for an evaluation of your case. You may email my office, or fill out the form to the right.
Terrence L. Parker
Parker Law Offices
Social Security disability lawyer