A musculoskeletal condition that your doctors may classify as disabling may not be viewed the same way by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Contrary to what a lot of people seem to believe, you do not need your doctor's consent to file for Social Security Disability benefits.
If you have a debilitating injury or illness that prevents you from working, then you'll want to use caution when you post on social media. A report published by the New York Times just this week chronicles how the current Presidential Administration has been secretly crafting a proposal that would require Social Security disability examiners to review recipients' social media pages to see what they've been up to.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step graduated vetting process to determine whether an individual has a qualifying disability. It has to prevent them from working before deciding if they should receive a monthly stipend to help them afford their basic expenses.
If you were asked to list off conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers to be disabilities, then you'd likely include rare diseases or catastrophic injuries. The truth, however, is that even common conditions such as osteoarthritis (also called "degenerative arthritis") are included on the SSA's list of disabling conditions. Mayo Clinic data shows that several million people have this condition worldwide.
Many who suffer from severe back pain describe it as crippling or debilitating. Very few of us heard it called deadly, though. The truth is that it might as well be, especially considering how research shows that those who suffer from chronic pain also have a higher risk of becoming depressed and suicidal.
Most medical professionals refer to any pain that lasts in excess of three months as chronic. Data published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2015 showed that 11 percent of all Americans experience daily pain that lasts for at least three months. For most people, this discomfort requires them to go about their lives differently than what they were previously accustomed. But for numerous others, it affects their ability to work.
Data compiled by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that as much as 80 percent of all adults may have to endure lower back pain while alive. Statistics also show that back pain is a leading reason why workers are forced to call in sick to work or file for disability. Data suggests that men and women are afflicted with lower back pain equitably and that it generally starts between the ages of 30 and 50 and worsens with age.
Most of us don't plan on getting becoming ill or getting hurt while on the job, but if you have, then you may be wondering whether you should file a workers' compensation or disability benefits claim.
Most able-bodied Americans with sound minds do not spend much time thinking about how to manage a disability. The logistics of a new life with new capabilities are challenging enough without the limitations to a career that a disability may bring.