How to Receive Disability Benefits After A Spinal Fusion

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Navigating the process of applying for disability benefits after undergoing spinal fusion surgery can be complex and overwhelming. However, you don't have to go through it alone. We offer a free evaluation of your case and can connect you to lawyers who provide expert guidance throughout the entire process. From ensuring comprehensive documentation to representing you in appeals if needed, a disability lawyer can be your invaluable ally in securing the benefits you deserve.

Benefits of Speaking with a Disability Lawyer for Spinal Fusion

1. Comprehensive Documentation Review

Speaking with a disability lawyer who has experience handling spinal fusion cases can help guarantee that you provide all the necessary documentation to support your claim. Insufficient documentation or gaps in information can cause delays in the processing of your claim.

2. Expert Knowledge of Claim Requirements

A disability lawyer understands the specific requirements for winning SSDI or SSI claims related to spinal fusion. They can guide you on what documentation is needed and how to present your case effectively.

3. Expedited Processing with Legal Representation

Having a disability lawyer represent you can expedite the processing of your claim. They will review your application before submission, potentially speeding up the decision-making process.

4. No Upfront Payment with Contingency Fee Basis

One significant benefit of hiring a disability lawyer is that they typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means they only receive payment if your claim is successful, alleviating financial concerns for upfront legal fees.

5. Support Through the Appeals Process

If your claim is denied, a disability lawyer can assist you through the appeals process. They will work to overturn the decision and secure a favorable settlement for you.

Free Case Evaluation

Take advantage of a free case evaluation offered by disability lawyers specializing in spinal fusion cases. This allows you to connect with a legal expert who can assess your situation and provide guidance—all at no cost to you. Complete the Free Case Evaluation form to get started.

Spinal Fusion Disability Benefits FAQs

Does spinal fusion qualify for disability?

Yes, as per the guidelines set forth by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA), spinal fusion is considered a disability. In evaluating disability claims related to spinal fusion, the SSA considers the severity of the symptoms, the impact of the surgery on the applicant’s ability to perform work-related tasks, and the expected duration of the disability.

Further Reading: What Is Included in My Disability Benefits Application for Spinal Fusion?

How to Qualify for Disability with Spinal Fusion?

To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have a disability that's preventing work (i.e., preventing substantial gainful activity) for at least 12 months and have paid into the SSDI program sufficiently. Work credits are earned based on income, with a maximum of four credits per year. While 40 work credits are typically required, the specific number varies by age. If you're unsure whether you qualify for SSDI due to spinal fusion, contact us for a Free Disability Evaluation.

Further Reading: Social Security Disability Benefits Age Chart (for Work Credits)

What Medical Evidence Needed Related to Your Spinal Fusion?

The first type of medical evidence that the Blue Book directly requests is a complete medical history of your spine disorder:

  • Any and all medications that you are receiving as a result of your back pain or spinal fusion, as well as your response to the medications
  • Complete operative reports, as well as a description of any perceived failure of the surgery
  • Any injections that you require, such as steroids
  • Any physical therapy or other related therapies that you are receiving
  • Any mental health problems, such as depression, that have occurred as a result of your failed surgery.

You can use the following diagnostic tests to support your documented symptoms:

  • Imaging results such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans
  • A complete operative record from your surgeon needs to be included in your application
  • Any complications, such as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), that have occurred as a result of your surgery should also be carefully documented

Further Reading: What Medical Evidence Do I Need for Disability? 

Can I afford to hire a disability lawyer for my spinal fusion case?

Yes, most disability lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if your claim is successful. There are typically no upfront fees, so you can pursue legal representation without financial strain.

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