Branson, MO asked in Social Security for Missouri

Q: Would I qualify for social security disability?

I had cervical disc fusion C3 - C7 through the back of my neck 6 years ago. I have chronic pain and remaining nerve root impingement. I have worked for the same company in customer service for19 years but the pain has become too severe. I am 57 years old.

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Quite likely. You will need an opinion letter from your orthopedist or neurologist. Depending on if you have a pension and how it vests you need to be sure you know if 20 years is the magic number and the date. You don't want to quit a few weeks before and lose benefits. Understand that to get social security you can be disabled by pain and you would have good reasons. But you also have to show you are so disabled that you could not reliably do jobs like ticket taker at a movie theatre (the Social Security Law doesn't require that you get it if you can't get a job that pays you a decent wage).

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