How to Obtain Social Security Benefits for a Back Injury
The Social Security Administration maintains a resource with regard to all forms of medical injuries, conditions and illnesses. This extensive document is known as the Blue Book and provides the Social Security Administration with diagnostic information necessary to facilitate the finding of eligibility for social security benefits. When an applicant submits his or her information and medical records, the Blue Book provides a guideline for the extensiveness of the injury necessary to find the applicant to be too disabled to work. Your Santa Ana disability lawyer can help you compile all your information as you prepare for your social security disability application or hearing.
The Blue Book recognizes a number of back injuries and conditions which could render a person too disabled to remain gainfully employed. Section 1.04 defines a number of conditions of the spine including herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, and vertebral fracture that results in the compromise of a nerve root (including the caudaequina) or the spinal cord. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, the Social Security Administration may find you eligible for disability benefits. However, a number of other requirements apply as well.
The Social Security Administration requires that you are not working or earning a monthly income in excess of $1,010. If you are working despite your back injury, you can still earn wages as long as they do not surpass the monthly maximum. Secondly, your back injury and complications therefrom must be likely to last in excess of 12 months, as the Social Security Administration does not provide short-term disability benefits. If your doctor believes your injury will not last longer than 12 months, you could still receive benefits from another source other than the Social Security Administration, and your Santa Ana disability lawyer can help you with this.
If you are suffering from an extreme back injury and would like to speak to a Santa Ana disability lawyer, call the law office of Sima Aghai at (888)-954-0064 for more information and a FREE consultation.
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