Social Security Common Conditions: Back and Spinal Cord Injury

May 5, 2015 | Social Security Benefits, Social Security

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Back and spinal cord injury disability affect a large number of Americans each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are currently more than 200,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States today.

A back and spinal cord injury can also prevent you from performing normal duties at work and at home. This may leave you in need of Social Security Disability benefits to make ends meet, but you may find yourself asking, “What classifies a back or spinal injury as disabling?”

The Social Security Administration lists a number of different spine and back conditions that will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, as well as a list of evidence and documentation that is needed to prove the condition is disabling. Some of those conditions include:

  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
  • Spinal Arachnoiditis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

The rules that govern the processes for applying for Social Security Disability benefits due to back or spinal cord injuries can be quite complex, which is why it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney about your case prior to completing your application.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries result from damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. These injuries often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of the injury. Depending on the “completeness” of the injury, it can be classified as either complete (no sensory or motor function is preserved) or incomplete (some sensory or motor functions are preserved).

SSD Eligibility for Spinal Cord Injuries

To qualify for SSD benefits with a spinal cord injury, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires comprehensive medical evidence demonstrating the severity and permanence of the condition. Eligibility is often contingent on the injury resulting in:

  • Significant difficulty in walking or coordination of arm movements,
  • Inability to control the movement of limbs, or
  • Total paralysis in some cases.

Relevant medical documentation may include MRI and CT scan results, surgical notes, physical therapy records, and regular assessments from neurologists or other specialists. The SSA reviews this evidence under its disability listings for neurological disorders and musculoskeletal conditions, depending on the specifics of the spinal injury.

At Newlin Disability, we have a team that is dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve for your medical condition. To learn more about how we can help, feel free to call us anytime.

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