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Does SSDI cover back injuries?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Social Security Disability Insurance |

Back injuries are so frequent that you might assume Social Security Disability Insurance would automatically cover them. However, that is not the case. You may be able to claim, but only if you meet the specific requirements.

First, the basic rule of any SSSDI claim is that the injury or illness will last at least one year and prevent you from working. If this is true, then you need to look at the particular details.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Blue Book offers guidance on what back conditions you may be able to claim for under the section related to musculoskeletal disorders. As always, this is guidance, so you may still be able to claim even if it does not appear that your condition meets what they set out on the page.

SSDI claims rely on your proving your eligibility

Even if you think you meet all the conditions, claiming is never straightforward. You need to be able to prove that you do, in a way that the SSA accepts. Because back issues are often not visible and not always constant — that is to say, you can have good days and bad days — this can be challenging.

You will need the help of the right medical professionals to get the documents and opinions you need to support your case. Relying on your local doctor is unlikely to be enough, so it pays to get advice from someone with experience filing SSDI claims that can direct you to the necessary specialists.

Remember that the SSA will conduct regular reviews of your case, so having them approve it once does not mean you will receive benefits for life, even if the pain lasts for life. Building a solid case for SSDI at the outset increases the likelihood the SSA approves your claim the first time around and gives you a solid basis to pass any future reviews.