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Social Security Disability benefits for back pain

Many people in Missouri who suffer from back pain may wonder if they are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits for their injury. The answer depends upon whether the person’s work history and medical condition satisfy the many eligibility requirements for disability benefits. There are certain medical requirements for obtaining disability benefits based on a spine injury.

Proving a claim for Social Security Disability benefits


Most people in Missouri who have suffered a serious illness or injury that interferes with their ability to work have considered applying for Social Security Disability benefits. To a first-time claimant, the application process can seem confusing and intimidating. In this post we want to provide an overview of the information used by the Social Security Administration in evaluating SSD claims.

Understanding SSD work credits


Most people in Missouri understand that a person must be completely disabled to become eligible for Social Security Disability ("SSD") benefits, but the extent of a person's disability is not the only criterion that determines eligibility. A person must also have worked for a minimum number of weeks or years to become eligible. The Social Security Administration uses a system of "work credits" to determine if a person has worked long enough when it evaluates an SSD claim.

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