Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Can You Get Disability Benefits For Hip Pain?

Hip pain is one of the most common complaints that working adults complain of at some point or the other. The severity of the Hip Pain range from mild soreness to disabling pain which can last for a few weeks or even become chronic and continue on for as much as a year. Since the hip joint is used for a variety of activities like ambulation, bending, lifting, sitting hence any type of hip pain can be quite annoying and prevent an individual from carrying out their daily activities including home and work.

Hip Pain can be caused due to a variety of reasons. A simple slip and fall on the hips can result in pretty severe hip pain, which may last for a few weeks while conditions like osteoarthritis can cause chronic hip pain, which tends to progressively worsen as time goes by and the bones degenerate. Chronic hip pain can result in an individual being unable to sit, stand, walk, or drive for any significant length of time. This is more so for people who work as long distance drivers, people with a desk job who have to sit for prolonged periods of time, people working in supermarkets where they have to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time and make it difficult for them to work effectively and results in lots of missed days at work.

No coming to the question of getting Disability Benefits due to Hip Pain, while an individual can get disability benefits if his or her pain is chronic and making it impossible to work under any capacity. Qualifying for disability benefits for hip pain is very complicated and requires extensive paperwork in the form of documented evidence stating the diagnosis, treatments rendered, radiological studies, and the prognosis to convince SSA to get Disability Benefits due to Hip Pain. It is advisable to contact an experienced disability attorney of your state or city in USA to help you complete the required formalities to win SSD benefits for hip pain.

What Does SSA Look For In Cases Related To Disability Benefits Due To Hip Pain?

When it comes to granting Disability Benefits for Hip Pain, the SSA will look for medical records which will confirm the diagnosis for the claimant. The medical records should also show the treatments rendered to the claimant, the response of the treatment, and the overall prognosis. The SSA will also take a look at the radiological studies conducted in order to diagnose the cause of the Hip Pain in the form of x-rays, MRIs, and other laboratory tests confirming that the claimant has a physical impairment because of which the claimant cannot be gainfully employed under any category.

Once the SSA goes through all the documents furnished by the claimant, it will then assess whether the impairment is good enough to qualify for disability benefits. If the cause for the hip pain is mentioned in the Blue Book, which contains a list of medical conditions which qualifies for disability benefits, then it becomes a bit easy to get Disability Benefits for Hip Pain. If in case the cause of the hip pain is not mentioned in the Blue Book, then the claimant should have enough documented evidence proving that the claimant is not in a position to be employed and work in any capacity because of the hip pain. This can best be done by an experienced social security disability attorney.

What Are The Chances Of Getting Social Security Disability Benefits Due To Hip Pain?

As stated above, while one can get Disability Benefits for Hip Pain, it is extremely difficult unless the cause of the hip pain is mentioned in the Blue Book of the SSA. The SSA will look at the documents submitted by the claimant starting right from the onset of pain up until the most recent followup. The SSA will have their own physician who will go through the records and also evaluate the claimant to see if one is able to sit, stand, and walk around for a substantial amount of time with little or no discomfort, preferably for a period of 8 hours. They will also take a look at the treatments given to the claimant thus far, the claimant’s response to the treatment, and whether the claimant has been compliant in following up with the physician and the treatments offered by the physician in terms of medication, injections or therapy. It becomes a bit easier for a claimant to get Disability Benefits due to Hip Pain if the claimant has undergone surgery for the hips. The physicians appointed by the SSA will also take a close look at the restrictions, put by the physician on the claimant with regard to what he or she can or cannot do with regard to work. The SSA will then conduct a Residual Functional capacity Evaluation or an RFC, which will evaluate whether the claimant can be employed under any other category depending on the age, level of education, and overall health of the claimant. After going through all this, if it is proved that the claimant under any circumstances is unable to be gainfully employed in any category because of Hip Pain, then the claimant may be granted Disability Benefits due to Hip Pain.

Why Is It Important To Hire An SSD Attorney For Winning Disability Benefits For Hip Pain?

Even if a claimant has enough documented evidence favoring one’s claim, if it is not presented in front of the judge in an appropriate way, the claimant may not be able to get the decision in their favor. For this, the claimant needs to hire an experienced disability attorney who can prepare and present the claimant’s case in the best possible way so that Disability Benefit is granted, as the attorney has significant knowledge as to what the judge might require of the claimant during the hearing and what are the other relevant information that needs to be furnished in front of the judge at the time of hearing to win a disability claim for hip pain. It should be noted here that an SSD attorney gets paid only after the claimant has been granted disability benefit, thus the attorney does all that one can to get the claimant disability benefits

Conclusion:

In summary, an individual with persistent hip pain caused due to any condition whether it be medical or traumatic for at least a period of one year to the point where the claimant is not able to be gainfully employed under any capacity and has enough credible evidence supporting one’s claim needs to work in close relationship with one’s treating physician and an experienced SSD attorney so as to get qualified for Social Security Disability Benefits due to Hip Pain.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 17, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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