Back Pain Disability

Lawmaker Claims ‘Back Pain’ and ‘Anxiety’ Prove Need for Social Security Disability Reform

by Staff | January 19th, 2015

Our nation’s Social Security system has come under heavy scrutiny after lawmakers stated the program’s budget could face shortfalls as early as this year. One particular legislator, Senator Rand Paul, recently stated the program could use reforms, considering, “over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts.”

The statement leaves many people wondering just how many Social Security Disability benefit recipients suffer from anxiety or a back pain disability. An article from The Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact.com broke down the numbers.

In 2013, 30.5 percent of workers who received Social Security benefits were afflicted with a “disease of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue”. Another 4 percent of workers were categorized under “injuries”, which could also include back pain. Unfortunately for Senator Paul, there are many diseases and conditions that fall under these categories, which means only a very small portion of cases that are approved for Musculoskeletal disorders are likely for back pain.

The same situation arises when the numbers were crunched for the claims stemming from anxiety. While 31.5 percent of recipients of Social Security Disability suffered a mental disorder, less than 4 percent suffer a condition that could include anxiety.

So what do these numbers mean? They mean Senator Paul’s statements may not necessarily be true. It also shows it may be wise to speak with an attorney if you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits and have questions regarding the process.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can get you the answers you need concerning your rights to Social Security Disability benefits. Our legal team is standing by to speak with you anytime—just call (800) 477-7315 and a Social Security Disability lawyer from our firm will help you.

Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain Disabilities

by Staff | November 10th, 2014

Living With Back Pain

If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as no surprise that one study found back pain disabilities were one of the leading conditions named on Social Security Disability claims today.

How Common Is Back Pain?

The study was published in the British Medical Journal and examined the cases of millions of individuals from around the world, including the United States, who were considered disabled due to mental or physical conditions. Researchers found that one-third of those individuals were no longer able to work, partially or fully, because of back pain.

What Are The Risk Factors For Back Pain?

Injuries and illnesses resulting in back pain were found mostly among agricultural workers. These individuals were found to be at a four times greater risk than other workers of developing back pain. Other factors that were found to contribute to back pain were jobs where heavy lifting, vibrations, forceful movement, or awkward positions are prevalent.

What Should I Do if I Suffer From a Back Pain Disability?

If your back pain prevents you from working, help is available. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have a team of legal professionals and Social Security Disability lawyers to help you apply for disability benefits and answer any legal questions that may arise along the way. Call us at (800) 477-7315 anytime.

Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain

by Staff | November 10th, 2014

Living With Back Pain

If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as no surprise that one study found back pain disabilities were one of the leading conditions named on Social Security Disability claims today.

How Common Is Back Pain?

The study was published in the British Medical Journal and examined the cases of millions of individuals from around the world, including the United States, who were considered disabled due to mental or physical conditions. Researchers found that one-third of those individuals were no longer able to work, partially or fully, because of back pain.

What Are The Risk Factors For Back Pain?

Injuries and illnesses resulting in back pain were found mostly among agricultural workers. These individuals were found to be at a four times greater risk than other workers of developing back pain. Other factors that were found to contribute to back pain were jobs where heavy lifting, vibrations, forceful movement, or awkward positions are prevalent.

What Should I Do if I Suffer From a Back Pain Disability?

If your back pain prevents you from working, help is available. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have a team of legal professionals and Social Security Disability lawyers to help you apply for disability benefits and answer any legal questions that may arise along the way. Call us at (800) 477-7315 anytime.

Social Security Disability’s Common Conditions: Pain

by Staff | March 11th, 2014

March 10, 2014

One of the most common conditions that results in an individual seeking Social Security Disability benefits is pain. Pain can result from any number of conditions, from Arthritis to Back Pain caused by a herniated disc.

While there are a number of pain-causing conditions that will almost automatically qualify an individual for benefits, pain from other chronic conditions can be extremely subjective. That’s because it can be difficult to prove a disease or ailment is causing an individual so  much pain they are unable to continue working. So many pain suffers seek to qualify for benefits through a Residual Function Capacity (RFC) Assessment.

The Social Security Administration defines an RFC Assessment as an investigation to determine whether an individual’s condition creates enough physical and mental limitations to justify being unable to work. Factors that will be examined during the assessment include:

  • Location, duration, and frequency of pain
  • The pain’s effects on daily activity
  • Factors that aggravate the pain
  • Medications and treatments being used to alleviate the pain
  • Whether the pain affects memory or concentration

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how complex it can be to prove pain is keeping a person from working. That’s why the firm urges anyone afflicted with a condition that causes them to be unable to work discuss their legal rights and options with a reputable attorney immediately.