Scoliosis Disability Lawyer
A healthy spine is one that’s straight but has gentle curves. Curves are necessary because they help absorb stress from both gravity and body movement. But for around 1 out of every 100 people, the curves of their spine are exaggerated. This condition is referred to as scoliosis. Some scoliosis sufferers have an exaggerated C shape to their spine, while others have an excessive S curve.
In addition to it having different shapes, the severity of scoliosis can also vary. If a case of scoliosis is minor, an individual may be able to go through their day with little to no difficulties. Unfortunately, more severe cases can cause a variety of complications, including persistent back pain and breathing problems. Additionally, the chronic nature of this condition can eventually cause permanent nerve and/or spine damage.
Because the effects of scoliosis can be quite severe, individuals who suffer from this disease may be unable to deal with the physical effects of maintaining a full-time or even part-time job.
Can You Receive Scoliosis Disability Benefits?
When the Social Security Administration evaluates disorders of the spine such as scoliosis they look to see medical evidence documenting medical signs such as nerve root compression, inflammation of the spine’s membrane, or narrowing of the spinal canal in order to qualify for disability benefits. This is usually done by building a case around medical evidence such as MRIs and a detailed doctor’s evaluation. Next, a Social Security disability applicant must be able to prove that they not only have at least one of these medical signs, but that it is preventing them from securing or maintaining employment.
What Happens if a Scoliosis Social Security Claim Is Denied?
If you filed a claim and receive notification that it was denied, it’s important to understand that a denial doesn’t mean your case is closed. In fact, statistics show that as many as 65% of the claims received by the SSA are initially denied. Although that may sound like bad news for people filing scoliosis disability claims, there is the option for appealing a claim. And when this option is taken into account, nearly half of all Social Security claims are eventually approved.
Whether you’ve already been denied or haven’t filed yet, you may want a licensed attorney to help you through this process. Because every case is unique, a scoliosis Social Security attorney can’t guarantee that your claim will be approved. However, statistics show that individuals who enlist professional help are more likely to win their case. The main reason a scoliosis lawyer may be able to increase the likelihood of your claim being approved is because they have experience going through this process. They also know what’s needed in order to build a strong case.
If you want to discuss your case with an attorney, contact us online or call 877-459-4799 today to schedule a free consultation with Lisa M. Ritacco.