Serious accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, without any notice. In these cases, people may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid getting hurt. Workplace accidents, falls, car accidents and other accidents can all lead to injuries that keep people out of work. In particular, spinal cord injuries can be devastating.
The inability to work can create serious financial strain as people try to recover from spinal injuries. Spinal injuries are often severe and can cause permanent damage. In many cases, years of rehabilitation is necessary for people to try to get back to where they were before the injury. During this time, people may wonder if they qualify for social security disability benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration, in order for someone to qualify for SSDI for a spinal injury, the person must have suffered from a loss of function including the inability to ambulate. This means that a person must have lost the person’s fine and gross motor skills. This includes an extremely limited ability to walk. To ambulate effectively, people must be able to at least travel to and from home and work without the need of a companion. Limited walking in someone’s home is not effective ambulation according to the SSA. This loss must be expected to last for at least a year.
Extensive medical documentation may be necessary to prove that a person has a physical aliment that is limiting their ambulation. This can include test results and a physical examination. However, it may also include a longitudinal study since spinal cord injuries can improve over time.
People with spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries that prohibit them from working should make sure to understand if they qualify for SSDI. While this post cannot provide specific legal advice, an attorney may be able to determine if someone could receive SSDI benefits.