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Is your spinal injury serious enough to get disability benefits?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2020 | Social Security Disability

When you fell and heard the “crack” as you landed, you knew that you were going to see some serious consequences. The moment you attempted to get up, you realized you couldn’t feel one of your legs right. A phone call and ambulance ride later led to the discovery that you had a serious spinal injury.

Your spinal injury has caused some weakness in your leg and left you with pain that comes and goes. You can’t predict how the injury will affect you each day, which means you can’t commit to a schedule at work. You’ve found it’s impossible to return to the job, so you’d like to get Social Security Disability benefits

Will you be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

Without looking at your case, it’s not easy to say yes or no. However, patients who are unable to regain their strength after an accident and have chronic pain and dysfunction may be able to get disability benefits. 

If you can show that you have an inability to ambulate effectively and cannot work for at least 12 months or longer, then the chances of obtaining benefits are improved.

What kind of information will the Social Security Administration need?

You should give the SSA as much information as you can about the injury including records of your ongoing treatment, letters from doctors who have evaluated you, documentation of the medically prescribed treatments you have tried or are on and information on the effectiveness of those treatments. Let the SSA know if you have to use medical devices to help yourself get through the day.

There are many documents you’ll want to include with your application, which is something you can learn more about on our website. Obtaining Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult. If your claim is denied, you may need to discuss the issue with an attorney.


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