Disability Support for Spinal Cord InjuriesBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 12, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
Your spinal cord contains nerves that travel from your brain to other parts of your body. The information that travels along your spinal cord allows you to move and feel. If your spinal cord is injured in an accident, it could result in a disruption of communication between your brain and body. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, you could suffer from permanent paralysis below the site of the injury.
It is common for victims who have suffered spinal cord trauma to experience spinal shock resulting in complete paralysis. Slowly, reflexes can begin to return and feeling may come back to certain parts of the body. Some victims are never able to recover full sensation and movement ability. For those with permanent injuries, it may prove impossible to work and earn a living.
Disability benefits are available through the Social Security Administration for those who cannot earn enough money through employment because of a physical or mental disability. Individuals with permanent spinal cord injuries typically qualify for disability benefits. In order to receive approval from the SSA, they must prove the severity of their disability and explain how that disability affects their ability to work.
There is an official listing for spinal cord injuries in the Social Security “blue book,” which contains the severe conditions that should automatically qualify for benefits. To qualify under the disorders of the spine listing, you must show that you have an injury to the spine that affects your spinal cord and that there is compression of the nerve root causing limitations in motion, pain and loss of physical ability. If you don’t have nerve root compression, you can still pursue compensation if your paralysis is caused by a neurological impairment, such as multiple sclerosis.
There are many complications that can result from spinal cord trauma that should qualify you for benefits. It can prove difficult to work if you have an inability to control your bladder or bowels, if you have circulatory problems, respiratory issues, struggles with muscle tone, chronic pain or depression. Your doctor can help build your case by documenting your symptoms and how they affect your ability to work. An experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can review your case and help you gather medical evidence to support your claim. Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at (800) 438-7734.