back pain
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Living with a debilitating back condition in Florida can be a physically and financially challenging experience. If your back condition prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Understanding the application process and eligibility criteria is crucial to securing the financial support you need. In this guide, we’ll explore how to apply for SSDI benefits for back conditions in Florida, with the assistance of Disability Advocates Group.

Eligibility Criteria for SSDI Benefits

Before diving into the application process, it’s essential to understand the eligibility criteria for SSDI benefits in Florida:

  1. Work Credits: To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have earned enough work credits by working in jobs covered by Social Security. The exact number of credits required depends on your age and work history.
  2. Severe Impairment: Your back condition must be severe enough to prevent you from performing any substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines SGA as work that generates a certain level of income.
  3. Duration: Your back condition must be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.
  4. Medical Evidence: Comprehensive medical evidence is crucial to your claim. You should have a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional and documentation of the following:
    • The specific back condition and its severity.
    • How the condition affects your ability to work and perform daily activities.
    • Treatments you’ve received and their effectiveness.
  5. Residual Functional Capacity (RFC): The SSA will assess your RFC, which is an evaluation of your ability to perform work-related activities despite your back condition. This assessment helps determine the level of disability.

Applying for SSDI Benefits for Back Conditions in Florida

  1. Consult with Medical Professionals: Seek diagnosis and treatment from qualified medical professionals who specialize in back conditions. Your medical records should be thorough and well-documented.
  2. Gather Medical Records: Collect all relevant medical records, diagnostic test results, and documentation of your back condition’s impact on your daily life and ability to work.
  3. Work with Disability Advocates Group: Enlist the assistance of experienced SSDI attorneys, such as Disability Advocates Group. Our attorneys are well-versed in SSDI applications and can help you gather the necessary documentation and present your case effectively.
  4. Complete the Application: You can apply for SSDI benefits online, by phone, or in person at your local SSA office. Completing the application accurately and providing detailed information about your back condition is vital.
  5. Medical Examinations: The SSA may request additional medical examinations or assessments to evaluate the severity of your back condition. Cooperation and transparency during these examinations are essential.
  6. Be Prepared for a Potential Denial: It’s not uncommon for initial SSDI claims to be denied. If your claim is denied, don’t lose hope. Disability Advocates Group can assist you in appealing the decision, ensuring that your case is presented effectively during the appeals process.

Applying for SSDI benefits for back conditions in Florida can be a complex and challenging process. However, with the right guidance and legal support from Disability Advocates Group, you can increase your chances of a successful claim.

Our experienced attorneys understand the intricacies of SSDI applications and will work diligently to help you gather the necessary medical evidence and documentation to support your case. We are committed to assisting you through every step of the process, from the initial application to any necessary appeals.

If your back condition has made it impossible for you to work and you believe you meet the eligibility criteria for SSDI benefits, don’t hesitate to reach out to Disability Advocates Group. We are here to provide the support and expertise you need to secure the financial assistance you deserve.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.