Lumbosacral Spine Disorders
If you are experiencing debilitating lumbosacral spine pain, also known as lower back pain, you’re not alone. It is estimated that eight in ten people will experience back pain at some point during their lives, and lower back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability in the United States. The Boston disability benefits attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates can help you file a Social Security claim for your back pain or help navigate you through an appeal if your claim has been denied. We have more than 20 years of experience representing Social Security beneficiaries in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. We have developed the skills required to navigate complex cases, appeals, and medical determinations.Back Pain and Disability Benefits
Social Security benefits may be available to individuals who cannot work due to a medical condition that is anticipated to last at least one year or result in death. The Social Security Administration maintains a Listing of Impairments. This is a series of medical conditions that they consider severe enough to prevent a person from working and that thus may qualify a person to receive disability benefits.
Section 1.04 of Part A of the Listing of Impairments is called “Disorders of the Spine.” It covers medical criteria relating to back conditions that, if met, may qualify an individual to receive disability benefits. The language in the Listing is highly technical, but it can be condensed to a cluster of medical conditions. These generally arise from disorders of the spine that damage the spinal nerve root, a bundle of nerves in the spinal cord, or the spinal cord itself.
In addition, someone seeking Social Security disability benefits must show that the spinal disorder is combined with one or more of three symptoms. One of these is compression of the nerve root, which usually manifests as pain, reduction in range of motion, loss of spinal motor control and reflex, and a test result indicating an underlying herniated disc. A second symptom is spinal arachnoiditis, which is when membranes near the nerves in the spine become inflamed. This tends to result in burning or severe pain and can be confirmed during a surgical procedure or by a tissue biopsy. Finally, a condition called lumbar spinal stenosis can cause the narrowing and compression of nerves in the lower back. This in turn leads to chronic pain and weakness in the legs that may prevent an individual from walking.
If you have been diagnosed with any of these medical conditions, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. We can work with you and your health care providers to gather all the medical records, tests results, and paperwork required for your application.Lawyers Helping Massachusetts Residents Seek Social Security Benefits
If you are interested in exploring whether your lumbosacral spine disorder makes you eligible for disability benefits, the Massachusetts Social Security attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates can help. We are available to represent beneficiaries in Middlesex, Essex, Plymouth, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. Contact us today by calling toll- free at 1-800-367-0871 or using the contact form on our website.