Social Security judges see more back pain cases than any other impairment. Because of this, you need to do whatever you can to make your case stand out. If you come to your hearing with vague complaints that your lower back “hurts all the time,” that you “can’t lift very much” and that you “can’t sit very long” you are going to lose. Judges expect to see MRI or CT scan reports, support from a treating doctor, on-going treatment records, and specific testimony from you about what you can and cannot do.
In this video I discuss how I approach back pain cases and some specific steps you can take to improve your chances at winning.
Jonathan Ginsberg represents clients in disability claims filed with the Social Security Administration.