Back Pain and Long Term Disability Claims

Numerous studies have shown that back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and disability claims.

Conditions that can lead to chronic back pain include: spinal nerve root impingement, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, SI joint dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, tumours and accident related trauma.

To be successful in obtaining short term and long term disability benefits for back pain you must obtain medical evidence explaining how your pain effects your ability to function and perform your essential employment tasks.

While objective evidence identified in scans such at CT and MRIs are ideal often the back pain is persistent even though such scans are negative. You must demonstrate that you are obtaining regular medical treatment for your back pain.  Such treatment may include visits to your family doctor, a specialist or a pain clinic.

At Kotak Law our disability insurance lawyers have been successful in challenging disability insurance companies who have denied or terminated short and long term disability claims for  back pain.


We understand that being denied disability benefits can be frustrating and devastating. Your time to fight your disability insurance company is limited. Please do not delay in calling long term disability lawyer. We have successfully sued numerous disability insurance companies including: Manulife, Sunlife, Desjardins, Great West Life, Blue Cross, AIG, SSQ, RBC, Industrial Alliance and more.

Call your trusted long term disability lawyers at 1-888-GOKOTAK (Toll Free for all of Canada), or (416) 816-1500 (Local Number for Ontario Residents), (403) 319-0071, (587) 414-1010 (Local Numbers for Alberta Residents). Our consultation is free and we don’t get paid until you do. We can meet you at our offices, at a coffee shop, your home or a local court house. We represent disabled people throughout Ontario and Alberta, including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Georgetown, Orangeville, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St.Catharines, Niagara Falls, Stoney Creek, Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge, London, Windsor, Markham, Pickering, Oshawa, Peterborough, Keswick, Kingston, Ottawa, Banff, Brooks, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Lake Louise, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Saint Albert and other locations.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to supply general information to the public. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, as laws change quickly, the reader should always ensure the accuracy and applicability of such information with respect to their particular case. The information contained in this article cannot replace a thorough and complete review of the reader’s situation by competent legal counsel who has had an opportunity to review all of the facts.