Chicago Back Pain Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

Most people will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime. Back pain is frequently caused by a back injury, but it can also be caused by a variety of medical conditions, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus or herniated disc
  • Osteoporosis
  • Back Injury
  • Tumor
  • Membrane inflammation (arachnoiditis)
  • Lumbar strain
  • Vertebrae splippage (spondylolisthesis)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis

If back or spine pain prevents you from engaging in gainful employment, you may be eligible for social security disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). SSDI is available to qualifying applicants who are unable to participate in substantial gainful employment due to a medical condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death, and who have earned enough “credits” through the payment of social security taxes deducted from their paycheck. SSI provides income to qualifying applicants who have limited income and resources.

To determine whether you are eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses its five-step sequential evaluation process, which includes an assessment of:

  1. Whether you engaged in “substantial gainful activity;”
  2. Whether the medical condition is a “severe” impairment;
  3. Whether the medical condition meets or “equals” one of the medical conditions included in the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments,”  and satisfies a duration requirement;
  4. Whether you are capable of performing “past relevant work;” and
  5. Whether you can make an adjustment to other employment given your age, residual functional capacity, education and work experience.

The claim process to receive social security disability benefits due to back pain can be a complex process. You will need to provide detailed information regarding your medical condition, previous employment, current employment, income and resources, among other information and documentation. It can be incredibly helpful to enlist the legal assistance of a skilled social security attorney. The knowledgeable Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law focus on helping clients obtain social security disability benefits and we can help you through the entire claim process – from application to hearing or appeal. If you suffer from back pain and are unable to work as a result of your condition, contact us at (872) 529-9377 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago social security disability attorneys.


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