Social Security Benefits and Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis involves the narrowing of lumbar or cervical spine which causes a painful compression of the nerve roots.

Symptoms include back pain that spreads to the legs, difficulty, imbalance or weakness when walking, leg and neck pain and numbness and pain in the buttocks, thighs or calves that worsens with standing, walking.

Spinal stenosis affects middle age to elderly people and can be caused by osteoarthritis, Paget’s disease or my an injury that causes pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord.

You may entitled to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of Spinal Stenosis for more information about your rights to Social Security Disability benefits or for your free no obligation guide to “Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits,” call 727-894-3188 or visit our website at

Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits for Peripheral Arterial Disease | Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyer

You can get Social Security benefits for peripheral arterial disease under Listing 4.12.

As the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute explains, peripheral arterial disease or PAD occurs “when fatty material called plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, internal organs and limbs.”

The buildup of “plaque on the artery walls is called an atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.” PAD “most commonly affects blood flow to the legs.” Blocked blood flow can cause “pain and numbness” and, if is severe enough, the blocked blood flow can cause tissue death which can require leg amputation.

A person with “PAD has a 6-7 times greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke or mini strokes.” If a person has heart disease, you “have a one in three chance of having a blocked artery in your leg”. Early diagnosis and treatment are important as the buildup of plaque in your arteries can often be stopped or slowed down with dietary change, exercises and medication.

Make sure your physician completes the right residual functional capacity form for your peripheral arterial disease in support of your Social Security disability claim. If you need help with your case, contact Nancy Cavey a St. Petersburg Florida social security lawyer here or at 727.894.3188.

Listing 4.12 can be viewed here.

For National Institute of Health information about PAD click here

Medical Testimony at Your Social Security Hearing | Hudson Social Security Disability Attorney

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may give you notice that a medical witness will be testifying at your Social Security Hearing. That is a signal to get a Social Security lawyer!

In my experience, notice that a medical witness is going to be called to testify by the ALJ is bad news. The medical witness is going to testify about your medical records, your disability, your complaints, and whether your medical complaints are believable.

Your lawyer will look at your medical records and determine why the ALJ wants to have a medical witness at the hearing. An experienced Social Security attorney will contact your treating physician and get the medical evidence necessary to address the ALJ’s concerns. Your attorney will also be prepared to question the medical expert.

Don’t try to question a doctor on your own. You won’t know why the ALJ asked the doctor the questions that were asked, what the doctor said, how the doctor’s answer impacts your case and what to ask the doctor. Don’t make a crucial mistake – there is a reason the ALJ wants medical testimony and it is generally not to grant your claim! For more help and information contact skilled attorney’s Cavey & Barrett and consult this free book on Social Security Disability.

When Should You Get a Social Security Disability Lawyer? | Sarasota Social Security Disability Attorney

Social Security numbers show that at least 60% of Social Security Disability applicants who are represented are approved for disability!

In my experience, anyone who thinks the Administrative Law Judge is going to simply award benefits after hearing their story is naive and misinformed. As the saying goes, “a person who represents themselves has a fool for a client.” That is particularly true in Social Security as it is a medical and factual complex area of the law.

It is in your best interest to get representation are early as possible. You get help in filing out your initial application and forms, gathering your medical records (Social Security does not always get our whole chart), filing your Request for Reconsideration, filing for a hearing, developing the evidence need for the hearing and getting your ready to testify before the Administrative Law Judge.

Your lawyer can explain the Social Security Disability process and answer your questions.

A representative is paid from your back benefits up to 25% of the back benefits up to $5,300.00. If the representative does not win, there is no fee.

Some people don’t want to pay for representation and would rather take their chances. Most get what they paid for – nothing.

Understanding how the system works and having representation can make the difference in getting your benefits.

Contact skilled attorneys Cavey & Barret to give yourself the maximum chance of success.

Getting a Lawyer In Your Social Security Disability Case – What Will You Be Asked at Your Initial Appointment | Sarasota Country Social Security Disability Lawyer

Some of the most important questions you will be asked at your initial meeting with a Social Security Disability attorney are about your activities of daily living. What is an activity of daily living? What questions are you going to be asked?

1. How much time you spend every day sitting?

2. How much time you spend every day standing?

3. How much time do you spend every day lying down?

4. How many hours do you sleep? Do you take naps?

5. Do you use any assistive devices such as a cane?

6. How often every day or weekly do you drive, cooks, do dishes, clean the house, do laundry, make the beds, do yard work or the grocery shopping, or visit family or friends?

7. How much TV do you watch a  day?

8. Do you go out during the week? Where and how often?

9. Do you have anyone help you get washed or dressed?

10. Do you have anyone to help you around the house?

Be ready to explain in detail your problems. I suggest that you also consider explaining what you day is like from the time you get up until the time you go to bed. This information will help you obtain your Social Security Disability benefits. For more information, and for help with your claim click here or call 727-894-3188.

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