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Degenerative Disc Disease and Social Security


Degenerative disc disease is a common impairment for which people apply for disability benefits. Degenerative disc Disease (DDD) it is not an easy medical impairment to win your Social Security Disability case on, especially  if you individuals younger than fifty years old.  Unfortunately, a lot of people suffer from DDD and for most people the pain is intermittent and they are able to go on working, for the most part. 


The Social Security claims examiners will expect an individual who has performed work of a particular exertional level to go back to that same job after a back injury, or to a job where the physical requirements are somewhat similar. Therefore, this typically means that the person who performed medium-level work in the past (medium exertion is defined as the ability to lift 50lbs occasionally and 25lbs frequently) is expected to return to this same time of work. 


Based on my experience, this really is not at all realistic to the clients I have represented. Severe and continuous back pain can have a life changing impact on the person suffering from it on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this is one of the problems regarding impairments that involve pain. Only the person experiencing the pain can actually know how bad it is, and the degree to which it affects them. This is why medical records become essential to such claims, because Social Security Examiners do not give much, if any consideration to pain.


The Social Security Administration ends up granting disability benefits only for those whose disc disease has progressed into severely impacted vertebrae that cause chronic pain and the inability to sit or stand for periods of time, which can be proven by medical imaging.


Contact Attorney Joseph W. Ingaharro today for a Free Evaluation and he will work with you every step of the way until you receive your deserved benefits.

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