How to Get SSD Payments for a Spinal Disability

Disability Benefits for a Spinal Cord Injury

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you must be "disabled" according the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) definition. This means you need to have an injury or ailment that prevents you from being able to work (not just your former job, but any substantial gainful employment), and the condition must last or be expected to last at least one year or to result in death.

In the case of spinal conditions, the Social Security Administration (SSA) would consider you "disabled" with one of the following conditions:

  • Nerve root compression, pain, loss of motion in the spine
  • Spinal arachnoiditis, manifested by severe burning or painful dysesthesia, resulting in the need to change postures more than once every two hours and confirmed by a tissue biopsy or medical imaging
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis that results in pseudoclaudication, established by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by chronic non-radicular pain and weakness, and resulting in the inability to ambulate

If you have a spinal condition that renders you unable to work, there is nothing more valuable for your Social Security claim than an experienced legal team. The SSA has strict and medically complex standards for people looking to qualify for SSDI. The lawyers of Adler Stilman, PLLC, have more than 45 combined years of experience. We know how to work your case up from the very beginning and through the appeals stage to help you get the benefits you need.

Medical Terminology

Most petitions for SSDI benefits are denied upon the initial application. A common reason for this involves the medical terminology. A doctor will diagnose a condition that obviously renders the patient unable to work, and everything seems clear and obvious. However, if the doctor doesn't use the very specific, triggering language required by the SSA, the claim will be denied.

Right from the very beginning of your case, our attorneys will work with your doctor to make sure the right terminology is in your medical report. At Adler Stilman, PLLC, we have experience with and an understanding of the medical terminology, so we can help make sure every aspect of your SSDI application is correct, which will greatly increase your chances of obtaining your benefits.

Contact Adler Stilman, PLLC

We have more than 45 combined years of experience handling Michigan spinal cord disability benefits claims for clients in Wayne County, Macomb County, Oakland County and elsewhere in southeast Michigan. To speak with a Detroit spinal cord disability attorney from the firm, call or contact us online.