I have sciatica. Can I get Social Security disability?

In most cases, people with sciatica do not qualify for Social Security disability unless they also have another health condition.

Why Not?

Pain from sciatica—or a problem with the sciatic nerve—can be debilitating. It can leave you unable to work and unable to go about your regular activities. For a period of time, and again at recurring times, you may even be disabled.

However, with treatments such as medications, physical therapy, and surgery, most cases of sciatica are resolved. Thus, the disability caused by sciatica is not permanent nor is it fatal. A permanent disability, or a disability that is likely to result in death, is part of the Social Security disability eligibility requirement. Therefore, most people with this painful condition will not qualify for Social Security disability even if they are unable to work for a period of weeks or months.

There Are Some Exceptions

While sciatica is treatable for many people, there are some people who do not recover from sciatica pain. Instead, they suffer permanent problems such as loss of movement or incontinence because of nerve damage. For those who are unable to work because of a permanent disability, Social Security disability may be a viable option.

If you believe that you should qualify for Social Security disability based on your sciatica pain or a related complication, it is important to talk to an experienced Social Security disability lawyer before making a claim. Your lawyer can review your rights with you and make sure that your application is as strong and accurate as possible so that you can get the benefits you deserve. To learn more, please start a free live chat with us now.

Carl M. Weisbrod
Connect with me
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law