Neck and Back Injury, Social Security Disability Claims

February 02,2010
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Anyone who has suffered from neck and back injury knows firsthand that these ailments can be both painful and completely debilitating. These injuries often occur as a result of damage to the various ligaments and muscles lining the vertebral column and protecting the spinal cord and, in serious cases, damage to the cord itself or the surrounding nerves. Neck pain, furthermore, can be caused by spinal problems as well muscular tightness in the upper back, joint disruption and pinching of the nerves.

People sustain neck and back injuries in a number of everyday activities, including playing sports or doing housework, as well as in car and other accidents. For example, the term “whiplash” refers to a range of neck injuries – muscle strain, tearing, etc. – resulting from sudden distortions of the neck that commonly occur in rear-end crashes

In addition to causing pain, neck and back injuries often greatly limit a person’s range of movement. Treatments vary depending on the specific injury, but generally may include medication, icing, bed rest, physical therapy or surgery. Doctors caution that some neck and back injuries can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, using the legs to lift objects and using lower-back support when sitting

Hermann Law Group, PLLC. is a disability law firm whose experienced attorneys represent persons in claims for Social Security disability benefits. We have over 50 years of combined experience representing clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We are not just attorneys; we are also skilled litigators.

A person who is unable to work for a year or more due to neck and/or back injury may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to adults and children who are disabled or blind and have limited income and resources. The SSA also provides Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to disabled persons, their spouses and children, regardless of income and resources, if the disabled person has made sufficient payments into the Social Security system. A person seeking either or both of these forms of benefits must file a claim with the SSA explaining the nature of the person’s impairment(s) and the resulting inability to work. The claims process is often long and confusing; for many claimants, one or more appeals must be filed in order to obtain benefits

At Hermann Law Group, we focus exclusively on disability claims, drawing on our significant experience representing clients and dealing with local SSA staff and judges to give our clients the best possible representation. We proudly maintain a success rate of over 90% for all decisions received over the last year. We are so confident in our abilities that, in Social Security disability cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we win your case.

Our offices are conveniently located in New York’s Westchester and Dutchess counties as well as in Danbury, Connecticut and Hackensack, New Jersey. Please call or contact us to set up an appointment.