Many claim examiners and judges view degenerative disk disease as a deterioration that is a natural part of aging. A successful claim requires clear and convincing evidence that the condition is severe, progressive and makes it impossible to maintain employment.
That is where the legal team at the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., comes in. We have a solid track record of turning around denied claims, including tough-to-prove cases of back pain or disk degeneration. We have successfully represented claimants in the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern and central New Jersey.
Philadelphia Back Pain Disability Claim Attorneys
While it is normal for the disks between the vertebrae to lose their elasticity over time, an accelerated degeneration can cause the disk tissues to become stiff or develop bulges. Eventually this can lead to:
- Herniation or rupture of the disk, impinging on the spinal nerves
- Spinal stenosis, narrowing of the spinal column causing cord compression
- Arachnoiditis, inflammation of the spinal cord's protective membrane
- Spondylolisthesis, slippage of the vertebral column due to degraded disks
While everyone's spine deteriorates somewhat over time, true degenerative disk disease (DDD) is typically associated with old age. Unfortunately, it is more difficult for individuals under the age of 50 to qualify for SSD or SSI under a claim for back injury or degenerative disk disease. The Social Security Administration assumes that younger workers can more readily tolerate the pain and adapt to other types of work.
- A diagnosis based on physical exam, MRI, CT scan and other medical evidence
- Documentation of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and other physical symptoms, and collateral symptoms such as depression or insomnia
- A narrative of your daily suffering and limitations, such as inability to sit or stand for any length of time, difficulty walking, limited range of motion, or chronic pain and fatigue
It does not matter if your degeneration stems from back injury, aging, arthritis, genetic predisposition or a combination of factors. What's important is how it affects your life and your ability to work on a full-time basis. There is no substitute for experienced legal counsel to prepare the best arguments and anticipate possible problems in the case.
Free Consultation With Experienced Disability Lawyers
We can review your disability claim before you submit it, or we can intervene if your claim has been denied. Contact us online or call 267-622-4475 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Philadelphia attorneys for SSD and degenerative disc disease.