5 Signs Your Claim May Be Approved with Lumbar Stenosis

If you have lumbar stenosis and you think you will be out of work for at least 12 months you may have a strong claim for disability benefits which may be approved.

It is never that easy to get your case approved unless you meet criteria set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits. There are several potential signs your disability claim will be approved that you should check to possibly increase your likelihood of getting the benefits you may need. 

Sign One: You Meet Non-Medical Requirements

There are two types of disability payments and one is called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) which is for those who have a disability which is expected to last for at least a year. It is awarded based on work credits.

If you have enough work credits for SSDI you may be approved for disability benefits. Work credits are earned throughout a person’s working life.

For each year worked when FICA taxes are paid into the Social Security system work credits will be credited to the worker.

These work credits are needed in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI), Social Security Retirement and Medicare. Workers are entitled to receive 4 work credits annually, but to qualify for SSDI, 20 work credits are required.

Sign 2: You Have a Sufficient Medical Evidence

Some people who have a lumbar stenosis are denied disability benefits because they haven’t provided enough evidence to prove that they will not be able to work for at least 12 months.

The sorts of evidence which should be included with a disability benefits claim are the results of a CT or CAT scan or MRI and even the results of an ordinary x-ray may offer a reliable diagnosis.

Providing a physician’s medical report explaining that you will need at least 12 months off work to recover from lumbar stenosis will help to get your disability benefits approved. If you have a lot of medical proof, then you may increase your chance of approval


Sign 3: You Can’t Work for At least 1 Year

If you have the evidence available that you cannot work for at least one year due to your disabling condition, you may have a chance of getting a benefit approved.

Sign 4: You Meet a Blue Book Listing.

Fortunately, lumbar spinal stenosis is a disabling back condition that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and can be found on its Blue Book list. This means that anyone with severe lumbar spinal stenosis is automatically granted disability benefits.

Sign 5: You are Working With a Social Security Attorney

The SSA rarely approves disability benefits claims without a detailed investigation into each case. If you work with a disability lawyer you have a far greater chance of winning your claim for disability benefits.

A lawyer likely knows the signs that you will be approved for disability and can ensure you have the evidence to prove you are unable to work for at least 12 months while suffering from the symptoms of lumbar stenosis.

You will find that your disability benefits approved for lumbar stenosis will take place far more quickly if a disability lawyer works on your behalf.

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