Degenerative disc disease (DDD), also referred to as degenerative disc disorder, is a condition that involves the spine’s discs slowly degenerating over time as a person ages. While some people with degenerative disc disease will develop little if any symptoms, in other cases, the symptoms of this condition can result in chronic pain that significantly impacts an individual’s quality of life, including his ability to walk, move around and/or sit for extended periods of time.

In such severe circumstances, a person with degenerative disc disease will likely not be able to hold down a job and earn a living, which will likely qualify him or her for federal disability benefits.

Qualifying for Federal Disability Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disease

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), degenerative disc disease is a qualifying physical condition for federal disability benefits and is classified as a disorder of the spine (1.04). In order to obtain benefits, however, individuals with DDD have to provide proof of the following to the SSA:

  • They have been officially diagnosed with degenerative disc disorder by a physician.
  • Their condition is severe enough to have impaired their ability to walk and/or causes significant nerve pain.
  • Their condition has persisted for a certain period of time.

This proof has to come in the form of medical evidence, which the SSA has described “as the cornerstone for the determination of disability.” Examples of essential medical evidence for claims associated with degenerative disc disease include (but are not limited to):

  • Medical reports from physicians, psychologists and/or speech pathologists treating the applicant
  • Medical reports from the facilities (e.g., hospitals, clinics, etc.) where the applicant has received treatment
  • Medical reports associated with the applicant’s medical history (This can include lab tests, diagnostic reports, etc.)
  • Medical reports from third-party consultants (to verify or clarify claims regarding the applicant’s condition)
  • Evidence supporting the reported symptoms of the condition (Such evidence can include reports from the applicant’s family, colleagues, etc. who have witnessed the impacts of the condition).

How Our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer Can Help You

If you or a loved one is no longer able to earn a living due to degenerative disc disease or any physical or mental medical condition, don’t try to deal with the Social Security Administration on your own. One false step in this notoriously complicated system could result in an outright denial of your legitimate disability claim. Instead, let our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly:

  • Represent you and aggressively advocate on your behalf
  • Help you navigate the Social Security process
  • Help you secure the federal disability benefits you need and deserve.

For more than three decades, Richard A. Sly has been dedicated to helping his clients obtain the maximum possible disability benefits. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also:

  • Has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals
  • Is committed to working tirelessly to help each of our clients secure the benefits to which they are entitled.

To discuss your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.