Scoliosis is a condition that leads to a curvature of the spine. Recovering Social Security disability benefits for this condition can be tricky because there is no separate disability listing for scoliosis.
To qualify for benefits, typically your benefits should be included in the Social Security Administration’s blue book of listings. If the listing is not included, you may qualify for benefits if the symptoms of the condition are similar to symptoms of other conditions that are included in the listing. While there is no separate disability listing for scoliosis, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits for spinal disorders for which there is a separate disability listing. These symptoms may also very closely mimic the symptoms found in other conditions that may be included in the disability listing, like respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. You may be eligible to file for benefits for those conditions.
However, the responsibility is on you as the claimant to prove that your condition causes several symptoms, including extreme and chronic pain, muscle pain, inability to walk, weakness, and other symptoms. In order to prove the existence of these symptoms, you must provide the results of medical imaging tests, including CT scans, X-rays, MRIs.
If your symptoms do not fall in these categories either, you may still qualify for benefits by showing that your symptoms prohibit you from returning to work and earning a sustainable income. If your symptoms, for example, result in extreme pain, making it difficult for you to sit or stand for long periods of time, you may be eligible for a claim.
If you or a loved suffer from scoliosis, contact my law firm to discuss your chances of eligibility for a claim for benefits.