Pain and Permanent Injury

Pain may Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

While not every instance of pain means you qualify, it’s worth investigation. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income may be a way for you to receive compensation. We focus on helping individuals suffering from many types of pain.

Your Residual Functional Capacity

Some types of painful conditions can prevent you from engaging in normal activities, such as working a 40 hour week. In evaluating your case, the Social Security Administration wants to determine your Residual Function Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is your physical and mental limitations that affect what you can do in a work setting. Even if you can perform certain activities, you may be limited in the duration.

Assessing your RFC is based heavily on your medical records. This means a review of your physical and mental conditions. How often you’ve been treated; the intervals between treatments; the results of medical exams such as CT scans, X-rays, MRIs, myelograms and EMGs; the documented proof of your condition.

If your doctor has ordered specific treatments, including physical therapy, it is important that you follow the treatment. A gap or cessation may lead the Administration to assume your condition improved. You may receive a notice that your claim has been denied. If your claim has been denied call us immediately for a free consultation at (502) 581-1133.

Qualifying types of back pain

There are common types of conditions that may be eligible for SSD or SSI benefits.
Some of those include:
• Spinal Stenosis
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Bulging or Herniated Disks
• Scoliosis
• Osteoarthritis
• Fractured Vertebrae
• A combination of physical problems, bulging discs and axiety
• Arachnoiditis

However, simply having these conditions is not the key. Medical evidence must prove that the above conditions are causing your symptoms including pain, numbness, reduction of motion and other problems. Again, your medical records are vital in proving the extent of your physical limitations.

Speak with an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney

Smith and Wax is a Social Security Disability Law Firm in Louisville, KY. We handle cases in surrounding counties and Southern Indiana. We offer highly personalized representation.

Worried about getting pushed off to a paralegal or case manager? That won’t happen here. Yes, we have paralegals and secretaries who can answer basic questions but you will always be able to speak to an attorney.

If you or a family member is suffering from severe pain and can’t perform normal activities, you may be eligible for benefits. The Social Security Administration established a safety net, but you have to be able to prove your case. For more information, submit the form on our website or give us a call at (502) 581-1133. We’ll be happy to schedule a free appointment to meet with you.