Herniated Discs Disability

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all impairments are subject to evaluation and you must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or are expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Fleshcner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin's dedicated SSD lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Your Condition

A herniated disc, classified by the SSA as a "herniated nucleus pulposus," can be extremely painful and result in diminished quality of life.

The vertebrae in your back—those are the bones that form your spine—are separated by soft, flexible discs. These discs protect your vertebrae and keep them from mashing into one another. If one of these discs gets damaged, either through trauma or simple wear and tear, the disc may break open. This is what is referred to as a herniated or slipped disc.

SSA Evaluation

A herniated or slipped disc is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. The SSA will evaluate a herniated disc based on an examination of the spine and will usually include a test of the following:

  • deep tendon reflexes
  • determination of nerve root damage (every vertebrae has a nerve root; when damaged, the result is either serious pain or loss of sensation)
  • how much pain the herniated disc is causing and where the pain is felt
  • incidence of muscle spasms
  • range of motion
  • signs of tension

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Having the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. We can help you:


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