Back pain and injuries are a common reason that people have to file for disability. There are many different types of bodily tissues that comprise the back and spine. These tissues are under constant stress, causing back pain. Back pain can be excruciating, and may cause a person to be unable to work.
Back Injuries and Conditions
There are many different types of back injuries and conditions that may qualify a person for disability. These conditions include chronic back pain, mechanical back pain, lower back pain, herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease and other diseases of the back and spine.
Effects of Back Injuries and Conditions
A back injury can be crippling and make any physical activity impossible.
The most obvious effect of a back injury is pain. Back pain can be severe and debilitating. Another effect of back conditions is weakness and/or pain in the legs. This pain can make walking, standing--or even sitting--unbearable.
Another frequent effect of back pain is the inability to turn or twist. Doctors refer to this as having a limited range of motion, or a loss of range of motion.
In extreme cases, a back condition or injury can cause a person to be bedridden or even paralyzed.
Causes of Back Injuries
Back injuries have a number of causes. Many times, the work a person has done his entire life can cause a back injury and pain. Work that requires frequent bending or lifting has a high risk of causing back problems in workers. Over the course of time, these repeated movements can take a massive toll on a person's back and spine.
Jobs that require long periods of standing or sitting are also likely to cause back injuries and disability. For example, truck drivers (especially over-the-road truckers) frequently suffer disability due to back conditions. This is caused by the long periods of time truckers spend sitting behind the wheel.
Accidents can also cause back injuries that lead to disability. These traumatic injuries may occur due to on-the-job injuries, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and many other events.
Regardless of the cause of your back pain or back injury, if you are unable to work, you may be entitled to disability benefits.
Requirements for Disability due to Back Pain and Conditions
To qualify for disability due to a back injury, you must first meet the general requirement that you (1) have a back condition that prevents you from working and (2) that it is likely to last at least a year. Most people with back injuries can meet this requirement.
You must also prove that your back pain is severe enough that it prevents you from working. The Social Security Administration will consider several factors to decide whether your back injury is bad enough to prevent you from working. These factors include:
(a) whether the back problem limits your ability to walk for a reasonable distance, including whether walking causes increased pain;
(b) whether the condition or pain in your back limits your ability to complete tasks in a timely manner;
(c) whether your condition causes difficulty with daily activities, such as shopping, cleaning, going to the bank, etc.;
(d) Whether you have difficulty in reaching, pushing, pulling, grasping, bending or pulling;
(e) The effects of treatment and/or medication on your symptoms and ability to work.
In our experience, proving you are disabled due to back pain or injury can be accomplished, but only if the case is properly prepared. As always, presenting proper and complete medical proof of your condition is essential to getting approved for disability in Mississippi.
Our Jackson MS Disability Attorneys are available to discuss your disability case. Please contact a Mississippi disability lawyer online, or call us at 601.944.1984. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about disability and back pain and injuries.