Herniated discs are one of the most common injuries for Americans. According to the National Library of Medicine, up to 20 cases per 1000 adults occur annually in the US. However, just because you have a herniated disc does not mean you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.
Most herniated discs heal themselves in around six weeks. If you experience persistent symptoms, there is a chance you qualify for SSDI. See below to learn more.
The reality of herniated discs
A herniated disc occurs when your spinal casing ruptures, allowing the soft tissue to bulge out. Most bulging discs do not cause significant problems, but severe cases make working or performing daily tasks nearly impossible. Due to the debilitating nature of some back injuries, it is challenging to modify your job or find another line of work. In this case, you likely qualify for SSDI.
The case for SSDI
If your herniated disc makes it difficult to perform the tasks you previously took for granted, the SSA considers this a qualifying disability. For instance, if you cannot dress, bathe, walk around or stand for long periods after a back injury, you should investigate applying for SSDI. Remember that the damage must last 12 months before the Social Security Administration approves your claim. This does not mean a whole year must pass after your injury, only that your doctor suspects the damage will last that long. Unfortunately, with back problems, this is not always easy to diagnose.
Back injuries are one of the most devastating and yet misunderstood disabilities that people face. If you suffer from a lack of mobility, look into SSDI to see if you qualify.