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Understanding disabling conditions: musculoskeletal system

People all across Atlanta suffer from conditions which can prove to be disabling. Often, these conditions are complex and affect a number of aspects of a person's health and daily lives. Thanks to advancing medicine and technology, doctors are generally able to treat the symptoms, but it can be a complicated and lengthy process.

If you are in this position, it may be time to consider applying for Social Security benefits. These benefits, which can at least partially cover medical expenses and costs of basic needs, are in place to help struggling workers who are suffering from a disabling condition. In a past post, we explored some of the mental disorders that may qualify a person to collect SSDI. In this post, we will look at qualifying conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.

Musculoskeletal system conditions that can prove to be disabling are basically those that affect a person's bones, joints and spine that result in serious pain and/or limited mobility. According to the Social Security Administration, some of the most common conditions that can make a person eligible to receive SSDI include: 

  • Chronic joint pain and stiffness
  • Significant anatomical deformity of joints
  • Fusion of vertebrae
  • Spine disorders resulting in limited motion, motor or reflex loss or weakness
  • Amputation of hands or lower extremities
  • Fractures of the radius, ulna, pelvis, femur or tarsal bones
  • Significant burns requiring surgical management

These are just a few examples of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system that the SSA considers a qualifying injury or illness.

However, proving that these conditions are disabling can be a difficult process. A person will need medical records, employment history and other critical pieces of information to complete and application or support claims for an appeal. Seeking the guidance of an attorney can help you avoid making costly mistakes and pursue a favorable outcome.

Source: SSA.gov, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: 1.00 Musculoskeletal System - Adult," accessed on Sept. 24, 2014

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