Scoliosis and Social Security Income Benefits

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Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that can be disabling in severe cases, making it difficult or impossible for some sufferers of scoliosis to meet the demands of daily life and work responsibilities.When the curvature of the spine is especially pronounced, scoliosis can constrict the chest cavity and make it difficult for the lungs to function properly. This can cause breathing difficulties as well as severe back pain and other problems. In many cases, these symptoms grow worse with age.Although the causes of scoliosis are largely unknown, heredity appears to be a significant factor. Other medical conditions such as spinal arthritis, birth defects, or neuromuscular conditions like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy also play a role in some cases of scoliosis.

Seeking Social Security Disability Benefits For Scoliosis

If you are unable to work because of scoliosis, you may be eligible to receive either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

When filing a disability claim, you will need to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are unable to work. Because the SSA will decide your case solely on the basis of your ability or inability to function, a diagnosis on its own is not enough to prove that you are disabled.

To support your application, it is essential that you provide documentation of how the disorder affects your ability to function at work and in everyday life. Your medical records are the biggest source of documentation for this purpose.

Make sure to inform your doctor of the fact that you are unable to work because of your symptoms, and make sure that he or she notes this information on your chart. This will help you to establish a consistent pattern of disability to help prove your claim.

Because there is also an income component to qualifying for SSI benefits, you will also need to provide documentation of your income and any assets that you own. This includes income information such as wages, pensions and Social Security benefits, as well as assets like bank accounts, real estate, or stocks and bonds.

Legal Help For Social Security Disability Claims

If scoliosis is interfering with your ability to work, contact an attorney today to discuss your situation. An experienced Social Security attorney can guide you through the claims process to help get you the benefits you need.