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Top Tips When Applying for Rhode Island SSDI After Spinal Fusion

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John L. Keefe
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Spinal fusions are one of the most common types of major back surgeries performed today. It involves fusing together two or more vertebrae to prevent serious pain or further damage to your spine. Although this type of back surgery is enormously beneficial, it can also leave you disabled and unable to perform the job you once held.

Social Security in Rhode Island is available for a spinal fusion. However, it is not explicitly stated in the Social Security listings. If you are unable to work after your spinal fusion, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) in Rhode Island may be available to you if you fill out your application in the right way and provide the necessary evidence to demonstrate the extent of your disability.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you apply:

  • You’ll want to apply under the listing that covers surgical fusion of weight-bearing joints. Listing 1.03 under the disability listings states that you can receive SSDI in Rhode Island if you’ve had surgery to fuse together any weight-bearing joints. This usually means in your knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, or elbow. For a spinal fusion, you must show that you were unable to walk normally prior to the surgery, and that the surgery did not completely repair the issue—meaning you are not expected to walk normally for at least 12 months.
  • You must submit detailed medical evidence. Medical evidence shows the Social Security Administration that you are unable to work as you once used to. When applying, it is important to submit descriptions of your exams, details of the problems with walking and any other limitations you have, limited range of motion, and any doctor observations and notes. You may also want to consider submitting any lab tests, such as X-rays or MRIs.
  • You must show the duration of your symptoms. It is crucial that you submit something that shows your disability is expected to continue for longer than 12 months. Submit medical records from the start of your back impairments, and include information about various treatment methods you tried.

Applying for SSDI in Rhode Island after a spinal fusion surgery is not as easy as it should be. You must submit detailed evidence to show that you qualify for SSDI in spite of it not being directly listed as a disability by the Social Security Administration. A Rhode Island SSDI attorney can help you accomplish this. Call us today at 888-904-6847 to find out how we can benefit your case and help you get the Social Security disability benefits you deserve after a major surgery like this.


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