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Information for New York Workers: Filing for Disability for Lower Back Pain

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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Lower back problems can cause complications that may prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity. In cases such as these where disabling conditions make it difficult to earn a living, you should contact a New York disability lawyer to see if you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Types of Lower Back Problems

Chronic pain from lower back pain is one of the main disabling conditions that can result in the inability to perform substantial gainful activity. When you can no longer function in a work situation because of lower back problems you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. With the help of a New York disability lawyer you can file for benefits to help with daily living expenses and medical care for your disabling conditions.

Nerve damage from a traumatic accident can often be the source of lower back problems. When nerves are strained, stressed, or have constant pressure applied, they can cause excruciating back pain that may require pain medication or other therapies to be bearable.

Some other types of disabling conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and obesity can contribute to or cause lower back problems. Disabling conditions that affect the muscular or skeletal system such as Multiple Sclerosis can also cause lower back problems.

Injury to the bones, ligaments or joints in your lower spine, hips, and legs can also cause lower back problems. Your posture and gait can affect the condition of your lower back and cause pain or mobility problems. Injuries to the inter vertebral discs can also cause disabling conditions.

Treatment for Lower Back Problems

The lower back problems you are claiming for your Social Security disability benefits can be a product or in conjunction with other disabling conditions. It is important to discuss all your health conditions with your New York disability lawyer to make sure you have adequate evidence of your disabling conditions and need for Social Security disability benefits.

In many cases, the treatment for your lower back problems can cause additional disabling conditions. Side effects of medication therapy can include drowsiness, decreased muscle control, and lowered reaction time. In some cases where a medical device such as a back brace is necessary, the claimant may no longer be able to bend or stretch, which can prevent them from working.

When filing for Social Security disability benefits your New York disability lawyer will help you provide the necessary medical and occupational evidence that your lower back problems are considered disabling conditions. These disabling conditions must be severe enough to prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity for a period of 12 months or longer.

Contacting a New York Disability Lawyer 

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact a New York disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.