Degenerative Disc Disease
Applying for Disability for Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a progressive condition in which one or more of the invertebrate discs in the spinal column ages more rapidly than normal. In severe cases, this can cause back and neck pain that can permanently disable a person and leave them unable to work.
Can I Get Disability for Degenerative Disc Disease?
Conditions causing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs when they become severe enough to impede an individual’s ability to work. Because degenerative disc disease varies in severity, successfully filing for disability benefits requires proper medical documentation that your condition has progressed to the point where you’ll be unable to continue at your current job for a year or more, or perform in another position. In many cases, you may get disability for degenerative disc disease if the condition limits your range of motion, prevents you from walking properly, and significantly limits your ability to sit.
Social Security claim reviewers will be looking for evidence of nerve root compression, stenosis or similar medical signs. Typically, this will be shown with an x-ray, CAT scan or MRI that has been interpreted by a doctor. As many as 65% of disability claims for degenerative disc disease are rejected when they are first submitted, often due to a lack of proper medical evidence that proves the severity of the condition.
SSD and SSI
The first step in applying for disability for degenerative disc disease is to determine whether you qualify under the SSD or SSI program. If you have worked a sufficient number of hours and paid into Social Security, you qualify under the SSD program. SSI, on the other hand, is open even to those who have not worked recently or have not paid into the Social Security system through taxes on income from their previous jobs. During your free initial consultation, disability attorney Lisa M. Ritacco will help you determine which programs you may qualify for and advise you of the steps you need to take to begin filing your claim. Call today at 877-459-4799 to schedule your appointment!
What to Do If You Are Denied Disability for Degenerative Disc Disease
If you have degenerative disc disease and you’ve been denied coverage under SSD or SSI, contact Ritacco Disability Law today. Under federal regulations, you have 60 days upon receipt of your denial letter to file an appeal. Because of the time involved in obtaining medical records, an attorney should be obtained right away. Lisa M. Ritacco has been dealing exclusively with SSD and SSI claims for more than nine years — she knows the system inside and out, and can prepare a defense that may be able to get your decision reversed.