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Will I get disability claim (Canada)

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    Posted: Jul/13/2016 at 6:02am
Hello,
I have herniation in L4-L5 and L5-S1 and Doctor has diagnosed DDD. it's been 8 years. I had 2 Epidural injection and there has been no difference. The pain is increasing day by day, Some days I get no sleep due to the pain. I have tried herbs to ease inflammation. It gave me mild relief on some days. I'm unable to work due to this pain. Life is getting very hard. Do you think I have a chance of disability claim. My friends are telling me to try seeing personal injury lawyer, Joseph Campisi Jr. in the city. My wife and I alone are unable to push through the increasing expenses. How do you think?
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Hi James,

A little more information might help us help you. What caused the herniations? When was your last mri? What treatments, medications have you tried? Have you seen a surgeon?

I ask all this because you're very young to be suffering, 8 years is already a long time and 2 esi's is very little treatment for what can be treated in many people.

As to seeing a personal injury lawyer, what disability are you talking about applying for, CPP? Or going after someon for an injury claim?
DDD C3-C6 with multiple osteophytes causing both moderate foraminal and canal stenosis and flattening and impinging on the spinal cord
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Hi James,

Sorry to hear you've suffered so long. Have you had any surgery during these eight years? It would help to know what happened to you.

I hope you find the answers you are looking for.




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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Hi James,

It is difficult to say if you will be able to get some kind of disability. Are you trying to get Workers Disability Insurance? or is it Social Security Disability Benefits. I don't know how it works where you live, but here in the United states, for Workers Disability Insurance, you would have to apply at your work place. (This is for people that got hurt on the job) If it is for Social Security Disability Benefits, you would have to apply with at your Social Security Administration. Supplemental Social  is also an income reserved for low income persons.

One of the first things you will need to apply is a paper from your employer stipulating how you had to cut more and more hours from work because of pain. You will also need a paper from your doctor or doctors agreeing that due to you bad back you are not able to work more than may be 1 or 2 hours a day, or none at all. You will need records from the specialists you've seen, tests, you've had, treatments and medications you have tried etc. etc.

Some people are able to do this on their own, others, I think the majority, hire a lawyer to help them with it. I don't know about this Personal Injury Lawyer that you mention. I've never heard of him. But if you feel you need help with this, you can hire a lawyer that works with this type of cases. Preferably someone in your own town, and better yet, some one you know personally.

I did apply for Social Security Disability Benefits myself, and was approved on the first try without the need for a lawyer, but it probably helped that I was older and closer to retirement. Here is a link that shows everything I had to do. Again, this is to apply in the United States, but it can, more or less, give you and idea of what to expect where you live. Applying for SSD




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The disease extends from Cervical C2-3 to C7-T1. Thoracic T4 to T10.
Lumbar T12-L1 to L5-S1.
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