If you have spinal fusion as a result of a degenerative disorder or as the result of an accident and you won’t be able to work any longer you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. But in order to get your claim approved you will have to include as much medical proof as you can with your claim showing the extent of the injury and how it keeps you from working. Make sure that you include the medical proof required by the SSA’s Blue Book listing for spinal conditions.
How to Blue Book Can Help You Medically Qualify with Spinal Fusion
The Social Security Administration lists all of the conditions that qualify for disability benefits in the Blue Book. Each listing also has specific medical requirements that you must meet before the SSA will approve your claim. For spinal fusion the Blue Book requires that you have:
- Compression of the spinal nerve root, accompanied by pain and limited range of motion in the spine, muscle weakness, and sensory and reflex loss, or
- Inflammation of the spinal arachnoid, one of the membranes that protects the nerves of the spinal cord, causing severe pain or sensitivity in your back such that you need to change positions or postures more than once every two hours
- Narrowing of the spinal canal (stenosis), causing chronic pain, weakness, and a extreme limitation of the ability to walk.
If your condition or injury causes you to meet one of those requirements then you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, you will need to included medical evidence that you meet those requirements as well as your claim form and a medical diagnosis of spinal fusion. Your medical history is a good start, but you also need to include other medical evidence which proves that you meet the Blue Book listing requirements.
What Medical Evidence Do I Need to Win a Spinal Fusion Claim?
In addition to your medical history and a diagnosis you should include with your claim with as much medical documentation as you can get. An official diagnosis and X-rays, MRIs, or other images that have been done of your condition will show that you meet the Blue Book listings and are qualified for benefits.
You can submit supporting documents from friends and family members, cast workers, and friends to show that you meet the Blue Book’s required criteria for spinal fusion also. The more evidence you submit the greater the chances are that your claim will be approved quickly.
Help Filing for Disability Benefits with Spinal Fusion
Get a Free Case Evaluation Today: A lawyer may be able to assist in helping with disability benefits. Filing a claim for disability benefits because of spinal fusion can make your life easier by providing the income you need to get by. But it’s critically important that you include medical evidence that shows that you meet the requirements gives in order to have your claim approved quickly. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.