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What should my disability percentage and pay out be?

Submitted By: T (Utah)

I work for a national chain bakery. Approximately 5 months ago I injured my back.

I was a trayer, which is someone who grabs 5 loaves of bread at a time. It’s very fast and repetitive work, stacking the 15 lb trays of bread from the floor up to a foot above my head. It involves constant turning, twisting, and lifting, every 15 seconds, and standing in one spot until someone comes to relieve you for break and lunch.

My question is, what should my disability percentage and pay out be for my back injury from doing this kind of work? Thanks for any info you can give.

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Dear T,

The Social Security Disability division does not grant disability benefits for moderate or intermittent back pain, especially for persons over the age of forty.

To be granted disability benefits, you must have a specific and medically determined back injury, such as spinal stenosis, untreatable or chronic disk herniation, nerve compression, arachnoiditis, or other seriously debilitating back injury.

While you didn’t tell us the type of back injury you sustained, or whether it is temporary or chronic, according to the Social Security Administration, the average monthly disability payout in 2014 is $721.00 for one individual, $1,082 for an individual with an eligible spouse, and $361.00 for an essential person.

For more information about eligibility and benefits from the Social Security Administration, go to their website at

If you aren’t satisfied with the amount of disability compensation you are to be paid, you can always contact an experienced attorney. Try to find one who limits his or her practice to disability claims. Most disability attorneys do not charge for initial office consultations.

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Best of luck,


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