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Do people with spinal cord injuries qualify for disability?

Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are a far too common occurrence in the United States. There are more than 12,000 people that suffer SCIs every year in this country. Most of these injuries result from an auto or other type of accident. More than 300,000 people are living in the U.S. with debilitating SCIs as a consequence of this.

Those who have spinal cord injuries for at least three months who expect to be unable to work for at least a year can file a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD). Those benefits can cover things like housing, food and utilities as long as your injuries leave you physically unable to maintain gainful employment.

Qualifying for SSD due to a spinal cord injury means meeting the requirements as defined in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book.

Your spinal cord injury must be documentable. You should have a complete loss of function of a body part such as an arm or leg. Those who have paraplegia or quadriplegia automatically qualify for benefits. At least two of your extremities must have abnormal limitations making it difficult to stand, sit, walk or use your arms or hands.

Individuals with less severe spinal cord injuries may have to document that they have additional impairments, such as difficulty concentrating on things, trouble taking care of oneself, problems with social interactions or issues understanding information to qualify for SSD.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, then you may be eligible for SSD. Qualifying for benefits isn’t guaranteed. Your eligibility depends on the severity of your paralysis and whether you have associated limiting conditions. An attorney can prepare your Oklahoma City case so that it gives you the best opportunity to be approved for the benefits you need.

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