Social Security Disability Claims For Back Pain Liberty, MO

Back Pain

Social Security Disability claims based on back pain

Social Security Disability Claim for Back PainSocial Security receives more disability claims based on back pain than any other condition. People with back pain find their situations among the most challenging to prove and win. Frequently, “objective medical findings” may not fully support a patient’s reported experience of pain and movement limitations. Winning Social Security disability claims based on back pain can be tricky. Evidence from multiple sources is key.

In cases of disability based on back problems, there is sometimes clear evidence – such as a CT scan of a ruptured disk. In other situations, surgery has failed to improve the condition. A case may also fall into the category of “other vertebrogenic disorders,” in the words of the regulation. In either scenario, in order to win disability based on back pain, a claimant’s records must show:

  • Pain, muscle spasm, and significant limitation of motion in spine, and
  • Documented pain distribution and significant motor loss with muscle weakness, sensory and reflex loss.
  • These factors must have persisted for at least three months despite prescribed therapy, and last or be expected to last at least 12 months.

Social Security wants your pain symptoms to be supported by “objective” findings of physical abnormalities. Findings can be supplied by x-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, lumbar myelograms or bone scans. Nerve conduction studies may be helpful. Keep in mind that soft tissue damage such as a bulging disc or muscle damage will not show up in an x-ray.

Depression is a common component of back pain syndromes, and this should be documented and considered. Also important: are side effects of pain medications like drowsiness, confusion, lethargy.

Ideally, a treating physician will supply medical records or a report that describes these elements in detail, along with:

  • Any surgical operative and discharge notes
  • The character, location, and radiation of the patient’s pain
  • Activities that increase or relieve pain
  • Prescribed treatment, including frequency of medication
  • The patient’s typical daily activities

Description of problems with gait, limitation of movement of the spine, and any numbness or muscle spasm. Medical reports must be based on objective observations during the patient’s examination, not simply from patient’s statements.

You may have pain, muscle spasms, and limitation of motion preventing performance of past work. Social Security applies a complex set of guidelines to these cases, evaluating other work for which you may be suited. This is done by taking into consideration age.

Further Resources:

Spine-Health – Site has detailed information about a huge variety of causes and types of back pain.

American College of Rheumatology – Provides education, treatment and research in a comprehensive website.

Disability Evaluation Under Social Security – SSA’s listings for back pain.

Client Testimonials

What Clients are Saying

Find out how the clients who trusted us feel about our firm.

I cannot say enough
good about Matthew Grundy and
ALL of his staff.

I contacted his office October 2020, because I had and still am, fighting breast cancer. I had numerous surgeries, still doing chemo, finished radiation and still fighting the fight. They took care of everything and that was such a blessing because I was too sick and weak to do it myself. I would absolutely recommend them and I am so grateful that a friend referred them to me. They were always polite and punctual returning my calls and emails. Don’t go it alone, let them take care of it, reserve your strength to fight for your health.”

— D.S. Kansas City

Dear Matt

I want to take a moment to say I appreciate all you do for clients (me) throughout the SSD process. You provided me top-shelf representation, case knowledge and follow up. Thank you!”

— A.S. Leawood, KS

A friend referred
me to Matt Grundy.
He was amazing!

I felt the weight lift off my shoulders. He was caring and efficient and took over the whole process. He handled all correspondence and was my voice in my hearing. I was ecstatic when Matt got my disability approved. I wish I had started with Matt before I ever filed.”

— W.T. Kansas City

After being denied trying to file on my own
I was fortunate to have Grundy Disability Group
recommended to me.

A short survey and a visit then they took control of my case. This was the best decision I’ve ever made. Matt answered all my questions without hesitation and gave me confidence about my case. I’ve already recommended them to others and will do so gladly. Thank you Matt and his team!”

— W.S. Kansas City

I had a great experience
working with this office.

They are thorough, and get the job done with the least amount of stress on the client as possible. I would recommend them to anyone I know who needs help navigating their SSDI claim. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”

— W.W. Kansas City

I’m epileptic and you recently
just helped me get disability.

I just wanted to email you guys and say thank you guys so much! I appreciate your hard work and dedication.! you guys have helped me get my income back since I haven’t been able to work. Now I can pay my bills again and get caught up again that is a relief. thank you guys again so much god bless you and all your families.”

— A.D. Kansas City

Thanks again for
your help on all this.

From the first conversation I had with Susan Frank, whose advice set me on a course to lay the groundwork of a successful claim – months before I hired you. I spoke to a couple of other places before I spoke to her and there was no comparison. The difference between my initial contact with Susan VS the others was a personal connection and actual value in the phone call. It was informative, connected and extremely helpful. This built trust and made my decision to choose your organization easy. My ongoing dealings with you only confirmed my choice. Matt is extremely connected with his clients and communicates promptly and thoughtfully.”

— T.C. Kansas City

To the Law Office of Matthew R. Grundy

I, Delisa Cadenhead, would like to extend my appreciation for the dedicated work I received from your firm. Thank you for standing by me and my case. I hope you and your firm have many blessings. Thank you very much!”

— Delisa Cadenhead

Matt, Regina, Nina, and everyone else that helped work on my disability case:

You were ALL an awesome, cohesive, genuine TEAM and I appreciate all your help!”

— Shannon D. Bonner Springs, KS

Free Consultation

Get Experienced Representation

You're invited to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your claim for benefits.
We have shown thousands of disabled persons how to win their Social Security claims, and look forward to helping you with your case.
One of our social security disability lawyers will meet with you in Kansas City, Missouri to get you started on your case.

    Helpful Information

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When do I apply for Social Security disability?

    Our Social Security disability lawyer in charge of your case will work tirelessly to determine what went wrong. Our Social Security attorneys will then refile your claim, making sure everything is in order. Our Social Security lawyers will not stop until you are successful in claiming the benefits you deserve. Read More

    You have to have been disabled, or expect to be disabled, for at least one year to be eligible. So, if you expect to be out of work for one year or more on account of illness or injury, you should file for Social Security disability benefits. Read More

    To apply for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security Benefits and the Disability Report. You can also print the Disability Report, complete it and return it to your local Social Security office. Read More

    Cases are generally handled on a contingency basis. That means the representative receives a fee only if you win your case. Normally the fee is 25% of your back benefits and must be approved by Social Security. Read More

    You do not have to wait until the workers’ compensation ends, and you should not wait that long. Read More