The Sullivan Law Office focuses on the fact that every application for social security benefits is different. Applicants should understand every necessary detail before they file an application and the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility. The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance during the long and sometimes stressful gathering of personal information and medical evidence involved in the application process.

The term “herniated nucleus pulposus” is used by Social Security for a herniated disc, describing it as a disorder that causes the impingement of a nerve root. To meet a Blue Book listing for spinal disorders, the ruptured disc (herniated or bulging disc) must cause nerve root compression, which is caused by the ruptured disc putting pressure on spinal nerves; stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spine; or arachnoiditis, which is inflammation of a membrane surrounding the spine. Applicants must also prove that they suffer from a limited range of motion with muscle weakness and diminished reflexes.

If a condition caused by a ruptured disc does not equal a listing, i.e., there is no nerve compression, stenosis or arachnoiditis present, applicants may qualify based on a medical-vocational allowance if their functional limitations don’t permit them to do their prior job. Additionally, these functional limitations combined with age and education may not allow any adjustment to less demanding work.

Have your social security benefits been denied? Are you confused and frustrated because you don’t know why? Mike Sullivan understands and may answer all of your questions. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. I Have A Ruptured Disc - Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Part 2: Qualifying