man with herniated disc holding doctor's hand
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Herniated disc disease occurs when the soft, cushion-like discs that sit between the vertebrae in the spine rupture or slip out of place. This can lead to severe pain, numbness, and muscle weakness, particularly in the back and legs. The discomfort associated with this condition can significantly hinder your ability to perform everyday tasks and maintain gainful employment.

Medical Requirements for SSDI Claims in Florida

To qualify for SSDI benefits due to herniated disc disease in Florida, you must meet specific medical criteria:

  1. Definitive Diagnosis: You need to have a well-documented diagnosis of herniated disc disease. This diagnosis should come from a qualified medical professional and be supported by clinical evaluations, medical records, and diagnostic imaging, such as MRI or CT scans.
  2. Objective Medical Evidence: It is crucial that your medical records contain objective evidence of your herniated disc condition. This may include radiological reports, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, which confirm the existence and severity of the herniated disc.
  3. Functional Limitations: To demonstrate eligibility, you must prove that your herniated disc disease significantly restricts your ability to engage in gainful work. Common limitations include chronic pain or neurological symptoms that impair your capacity to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA).
  4. Consistent Medical Care: Regular and consistent medical care for your condition is vital. This includes following your healthcare provider’s treatment recommendations, attending all necessary appointments, and adhering to prescribed therapies. Inconsistencies in medical care can weaken your claim.

The Role of Disability Advocates Group

Navigating the SSDI application process can be overwhelming, particularly when dealing with the complexities of herniated disc disease. The Disability Advocates Group has a dedicated team of professionals specializing in SSDI claims, and here’s how they can assist you:

  1. Documentation Collection: They will help you gather all essential medical records and diagnostic tests to strengthen your application.
  2. Application Completion: Disability Advocates Group can assist you in accurately filling out the SSDI application, ensuring that all pertinent information is included.
  3. Legal Expertise: With a team of legal experts who understand the intricacies of SSDI law, they can help build a robust case, addressing potential issues before they become obstacles.
  4. Appeal Assistance: In case your initial application is denied, they can guide you through the appeals process, including requesting a reconsideration and representing you at a hearing if necessary.

Herniated disc disease can be a debilitating condition, causing significant pain and functional limitations. If you reside in Florida and meet the medical requirements mentioned above, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits. Nonetheless, the SSDI application process is often complex and time-consuming.

If you require assistance with the SSDI application process for herniated disc disease, the Disability Advocates Group is ready to be your trusted partner. They possess a profound understanding of SSDI claims and can ensure that your application is comprehensive and compelling. Remember, you don’t need to face this process alone. Legal experts specializing in SSDI claims can offer the support required to access the financial assistance you deserve in this challenging time.

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.