Spinal Conditions

Chicago Lawyers Explain Social Security Disability Benefits for Spinal Conditions

The Social Security Administration recognizes a wide swath of conditions affecting your back that can be permanently disabling. Among the most common are herniated discs, degenerative discs, scoliosis, stenosis, spondylitis, and arachnoiditis. There are also various surgeries and injuries that can be disabling for a year or more. If you need help shouldering the burden of medical bills and the costs of living, it can seem like you have no place to turn. But there is hope.

Our Chicago Lawyers Help You Qualify & Apply for Disability Benefits for Back & Spine Conditions

At Nash Disability Law, our lawyers are focused on getting to know your specific needs. Our team has the experience of over three decades and thousands of cases to help you file and get the benefits you both need and deserve. Our lawyers know the system at both the local and federal levels, and they’ll get the right piece of evidence, at the right time, to the right person, in the right way to successfully appeal your child’s denied claim.

Tips for Meeting Social Security’s Disability Requirements for Back Conditions

The Social Security Administration has a specific set of requirements in their “Blue Book” for many individual spinal and back conditions. Each list of requirements is complex and is heavily dependent on medical evidence. Our attorneys will help you by focusing on your individual case, finding how your disabling condition fits within the SSA’s rules and working with you and your doctors to get the SSA the information it needs.

For Spinal and Back Conditions, Nash Disability Law has these tips:

  • Pain is difficult to define and difficult to objectively prove. You need to have a real advocate on your side to make sure your side is heard.
  • Make sure you have all of your medical records, as they are critical to proving to the SSA that you have the conditions you claim.
  • Make sure you have physical evidence of your condition, including:
    • biopsies
    • MRIs
    • X-rays
    • CT scans
  • The SSA wants to know:
    • if you are limited in your ability to walk effectively
    • if your range of motion has been severely limited
    • if you’re limited in the time you can stand or sit
  • Pain medication that limits your ability to work can qualify you for disability.

Because of the complexity of the conditions and the criteria for disability, back and spinal conditions are very likely to be denied on the first attempt to apply. Don’t give up! Nash Disability Law is here to help you appeal your denial and will help you every step of the way including in Federal Court.


Thank you so very much for your help with my disability claim.  Please thank each and everyone who helped in getting this done. Every time I had questions and had to call you for advice, whomever I spoke with at the time was very helpful and polite and most of all caring. Once again, Mr. Nash, thank you so very much.

- Luisa
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