If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Scheuermann’s Disease (Thoracic Kyphosis or juvenile osteochondrosis), you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Speak to a Rogers social security disability attorney today to learn how Social Security will examine your claim for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income).
Scheuermann’s disease, often known as juvenile kyphosis, is a bone ailment throughout childhood. This disease causes a bent back or “hunchback” look and can lead to severe and debilitating discomfort, self-consciousness, mental issues, and other dangerous illnesses.
While treatment may benefit some, many people with severe Scheuermann disease cannot work. Call an experienced disability attorney today for help obtaining social security disability for Scheuermann’s disease.
Does Scheuermann’s disease qualify for disability benefits?
Due to deformity, Scheuermann’s disease can cause reduced movement, respiratory problems, cardiac problems, and withdrawal and isolation. The Social Security Blue Book describes the disease under Section 1.04: Spinal Disorders, with the subheading “Abnormal curvatures of the spine.”
Since Scheuermann’s disease affects multiple body systems, determining whether or not a person is disabled is difficult. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can analyze Scheuermann’s disease under several categories depending on the claimant’s symptoms. In addition to examining an adult claimant with Scheuermann’s disease under Listing 1.04, the SSA may refer to:
- 09C (fixation of the dorsolumbar or cervical spine)
- 09A (impaired ambulance)
- 00ff (respiratory issues)
- 00 (mental disorders)
- 00ff (cardiovascular issues)
“Other consequences should be evaluated per the listing for the affected body system,” according to the SSA.
In many circumstances, a combination of these linked disorders will allow you to fulfill the requirements for impairment.
Are the impairment criteria for children with Scheuermann’s disease different?
The Blue Book has listings for both children and adults. The requirements for meeting the impairment criterion for this specific disorder, Scheuermann’s disease, are the same for adults and teens/children. You can review the children’s basic list for Scheuermann’s Section 101.04: Spinal Disorders.
How to prove that you fit the disability criteria?
To earn disability benefits, you will need strong medical proof that meets the SSA’s evidentiary criteria. “Medical evidence is the cornerstone of disability determination,” the SSA said. This might include things like:
- Prognoses and treatment plans
- x-rays and other diagnostic procedures
- medical specialists’ records
- results of a consultative examination (CE)
- input from educational institutions, parents, and employers
- a doctor’s report outlining what the patient can still achieve despite his impairments