It IS Possible to Receive Disability Benefits for Back, Neck or Joint Pain
A study of the global burden created by various diseases found that pain in the lower back is the top cause of disability around the world. In some cases, back pain is only a temporary problem that will go away with physical therapy or simply the passage of time. But in many cases, back pain is an ongoing problem.
Not only can a back problem be an ongoing source of pain, but the pain can be so severe that it makes it difficult to get through the day. If a back condition causes otherwise simple tasks to suddenly become unbearable, it can make it impossible for an individual to continue working.
If your ability to work has been significantly altered because of back pain, seeking disability may be the only option you have. Unfortunately, as you may have already learned, receiving the disability for back pain you believe you deserve may not be as simple as you expect.
Back Pain Disability Requires a Condition That Lasts for at Least a Year
The main reason a large percentage of lower back pain disability claims are denied is because receiving approval requires a condition that prevents you from working for at least twelve months. The problem is, even if you know your specific problem will put you out of work for much longer, many back problems can be resolved within as little as six months.
Because the burden of proof rests on the person filing for Social Security benefits, as many as 7 out of 10 claims related to back pain are initially denied. Although that may seem completely unfair, the good news is there are still options to pursue. That’s also true for denials of claims for neck pain disability or joint pain disability.
The Right Approach Is the Key to Winning a Claim
Once a disability claim is denied, some applicants make the mistake of submitting another application with the hope they will receive the SSI or SSDI they desperately need on a second go-around. Unfortunately, that may only result in their application being denied once again.
To improve your chance of success in a disability claim for neck pain or back pain and receive any benefits, an appeal needs to be filed within sixty days of the original denial. Not only is there a limited window to file an appeal, but the appeal needs to make a compelling case as to why disability benefits should be awarded.
Take Advantage of a Disability Attorney’s Experience
If you had a claim like disability for joint pain that was recently denied or you want to open a disability case, get in touch with Lisa M. Ritacco today. During your free consultation, you’ll receive expert help from a back and neck pain disability lawyer and learn everything you need to know about how her years of experience may help you win your claim.