If you have a serious back injury, it might affect not only your ability to work in your current job, but your ability to take on new tasks in the future.
As serious and debilitating as back injuries can be, they're also very hard to prove, and thus the SSA looks critically at applications claiming back injury. Descriptions of "chronic pain" in your paperwork can come across as very relative and possibly exaggerated.
If you have a back injury that has kept you from working and you apply for SSDI, make sure to include as many specific medical details as possible, including the contact information and records of any doctors or hospitals that have treated you.
Even if you can prove your back injury, the level of severity will also factor in. If doctors expect the injury to heal in less than a year, the SSA will likely deny your claim. Back injuries can also affect other parts of the body by causing pains in the arms and legs and severe headaches. The constant pain can lead to depression. To help your case, you should make a medical professional aware of any of those problems as they occur.
The SSA has a list to help you understand what back injuries are automatically covered, but this list can be misleading. Even if you believe strongly that your condition fits within this list - in fact, even if your doctor agrees - it's not always a sure thing with the SSA. Denials can happen for other reasons: factors like age, education, and work experience also play a role.
If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance and have been denied, it doesn't mean you should give up. In fact, with the right help, you may have a much better chance of getting benefits if you appeal.
Our Memphis SSDI lawyers work to put together a successful appeal for you and don't receive anything unless you win benefits. Because the deadline to appeal passes quickly, don't wait to contact us.
You can reach us online or call (901) 327-1212 to get started with your SSDI appeal.