Cervical Spine Disorders
If you suffer from debilitating cervical spine pain, also known as neck pain, you’re not alone. It is estimated that about 15% of American adults experience this disorder at any given time, and neck pain is a common cause of job-related disability in the United States. If you need to file a claim for disability benefits due to neck pain, or need to file an appeal because your claim has been denied, the Boston Social Security attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates can help. We are proud to represent individuals seeking benefits in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. We can help you present a strong application for Social Security benefits or appeal a denial of benefits.Neck Pain and Social Security Eligibility
Disability benefits may be available to people who are unable to work as a result of a medical condition that is expected to last at least a year or cause the beneficiary’s death. The Social Security Administration maintains a Listing of Impairments, or a list of medical conditions, that are sufficiently significant to prevent a person from working. An individual who can show that he or she suffers from one of these conditions may be eligible for disability benefits.
Cervical spine or neck pain is not specifically identified in the Listing, but a number of disorders listed in Section 1.00, which covers musculoskeletal disorders, can cause neck pain and therefore may qualify an individual to receive disability benefits. These disorders include:
- Spinal nerve root (a bundle of nerves in the spinal cord) impingement and compression
- Spinal nerve arachnoiditis: inflammation of the membranes that surround nerves in the spine
- Miscellaneous joint dysfunction, including osteoarthritis, fracture of a vertebra, and degenerative disc disease
Found in Section 14.00, which covers immune system disorders, is rheumatoid arthritis. This is an autoimmune disease that can cause neck pain.
As noted above, neck pain is not specifically identified in the listing. This means that it is important that the application for disability benefits demonstrate a clear connection between the medical condition and the inability to work. In particular, a detailed medical record that outlines treatment history and the persistence of the condition is vital to a successful disability claim. This is even more critical when the basis of the claim is a so-called non-listing condition, like neck pain.
It is also essential for sufferers from cervical spine disorders to enlist a seasoned advocate, since a case becomes more complex when symptoms do not fit precisely into one of the main listings. A seasoned advocate familiar with the nuances of this area can work with you and your health care providers to gather all the medical records, tests results, and other forms required to make a convincing disability application.Legal Guidance for Massachusetts Residents Pursuing Social Security Benefits
If you have questions about whether your cervical spine disorder or neck pain qualifies you for benefits, the Massachusetts disability benefits lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates can help. We have spent over 20 years assisting beneficiaries in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-800-367-0871 or filling out the contact form on our website.