Experienced Long Term Disability Attorneys in Texas
Back injuries and spine conditions can be debilitating for anyone because of how central the spine is to everyday activities. Spinal stenosis is a condition that narrows the spinal canal and causes compression in the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in intense pain. Though this condition is more common among those aged 50 or older, spinal stenosis can affect anyone.
There are two main types of spinal stenosis: lumbar stenosis and cervical stenosis. Both forms can cause intense pain throughout the back, neck, and limbs. Your spinal stenosis may be so severe that it prevents you from working. If you cannot work due to spinal stenosis, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits are paid to those who can no longer work due to a long term disabilitydisabling condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. These benefits can make a big difference when you are unable to work and have medical bills piling up due to your condition.
Spinal Stenosis as a Disability
The Social Security Administration has a specific disability listing for lumbar stenosis. This means that if your condition meets the listing criteria, it will automatically be considered a disability. The criteria for lumbar stenosis require that you experience the following due to your condition:
- Inability to walk without assistance, crutches, or a walker;
- Continual pain not radiating from a nerve;
- Medical imaging showing the stenosis diagnosis;
- Pain throughout the lower back, thighs, and buttocks; and
- Weakness in the lower extremities.
You must be able to prove you suffer from these symptoms through medical evidence. An MRI or CT scan is a great example of medical evidence. You may also need to submit doctor or physical therapist evaluations, surgery records, physical exam results, and other medical records proving your lumbar stenosis limits your ability to work.
If your spinal stenosis is not severe enough to meet the above requirements, you may still qualify for benefits if you can prove your condition prevents you from working as you once did. Spine issues can have a devastating impact on your ability to lift, sit or stand for long periods, walk, or bend over. Your inability to perform these tasks may render you unable to work. This may qualify you for SSD benefits.
Disabled? Hire Experienced Texas Disability Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and is no longer able to work, call the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach & Reed today. The lawyers at Bemis, Roach & Reed have been successfully representing Texans for over 20 years. We serve clients in Austin, San Antonio, Galveston, Houston, Corpus Christi, Central Texas, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. If you want to apply for SSD benefits but do not know where to start, call us today. If your SSD application was denied, we can help you appeal that decision. We can also help if your long term disabilityinsurance provider has denied your insurance claim. Contact us now for a free initial consultation, and take the first step to getting the benefits to which you are entitled.