Ohio Social Security Disability And SSI Legal Blog

How do I get SSD benefits after back surgery?

Pop! Crack! Snap! These are all fun sounds to hear when watching an action movie but not what we want to hear coming from our back. You likely have a lot of questions if those action-packed sounds signal a need for back surgery instead of a fun night out at the movies. Questions like: How bad is this? How long will it take to recover? Will I ever be able to go back to work?

If your medical team states that you cannot go back to work for an extended period of time because of this injury, you likely qualify for benefits. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits provide financial assistance if you are unable to work due to a medical condition. If you are facing long-term recovery or permanent disability after back surgery, SSD benefits may be an option.

Do I qualify for SSD benefits after back surgery?

One of the first steps to determine eligibility involves paperwork. Gather all documentation related to your back surgeries and condition, including medical records, surgery reports, and doctor’s notes. If the medical condition has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, you likely qualify for benefits.

It is also a good idea to gather details of your work history. The Social Security Administration (SSA) application for disability benefits generally requires the applicant to have worked five of the last ten years to qualify for these benefits.

How do I apply for SSD benefits?

You can begin the process online at the Social Security Administration’s website or by calling the SSA office to schedule an appointment. You will need to provide detailed information about your condition, treatment, and how it impacts your daily activities and ability to work. It can also help to obtain written statements from your doctors regarding your inability to work due to your back condition.

The SSD application process can take time. Prepare for a wait and the possibility of needing to appeal a denial.

What if the government denies my application for benefits?

If the SSA denies your initial application, do not lose hope. You have the right to appeal the decision. Review the denial for deadlines for appeals and submit your request for reconsideration promptly.

Recovering from back surgery is challenging, and the added stress of financial strain can be overwhelming. SSD benefits exist to support you during this difficult time. By understanding the eligibility criteria, gathering necessary medical evidence, and following the application process diligently, you can navigate your way towards obtaining the SSD benefits you need. Remember, assistance is available, and you don’t have to go through this process alone.