Paralysis can occur in many different ways and for many different reasons, but its onset almost always makes a tremendous impact on the life of the victim, since losing the ability to use one or more muscle groups creates daily functional challenges. Several years ago, a study found that over 5 million Americans were paralyzed in some way. This means that nearly 1 in 50 Americans lives with paralysis. These individuals are often prevented from working and earning money. If you are paralyzed and cannot work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Insurance is available to individuals who worked and paid taxes before they became disabled. In order to qualify for these benefits, your condition must be severe enough to prevent you from working for 12 months. Paralysis is not specifically listed as a qualifying condition for SSDI in the medical listing of impairments, but it is often related to conditions which are. If you can demonstrate that your paralysis is caused by a qualifying condition, you are likely eligible for benefits. But, even if you can’t relate it to a qualifying condition, a severe disability alone can be enough to win benefits. The claims process can be frustrating and complex and an attorney can help you build a case with the greatest likelihood of winning.
If you think your paralysis may qualify you for benefits, contact a Utah paralysis disability lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group today.
Paralysis and Disability Benefits
Paralysis occurs when communication between the brain and certain muscles is cut off or negatively affected. Some common forms of paralysis are:
- Monoplegia – paralysis of one limb or a single body area
- Hemiplegia – paralysis of both a leg and an arm on the same side of the body
- Paraplegia – paralysis of the bottom half of the body (below the waist)
- Quadriplegia – paralysis of body below the neck (usually including both arms and both legs)
Paralysis is often caused by another medical condition or an injury. The spinal cord is the pathway between the brain and muscle groups and is used to transmit information. Therefore, spinal cord injuries often cause paralysis. They are not, however, the only cause. Some notable causes of paralysis include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Post-polio syndrome
These are only some of the common causes of paralysis. There are many others. However, these are important conditions to know because they are all listed as qualifying conditions by the SSA. If you suffer paralysis as a result of one of these conditions and are unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits.
If a spinal cord injury, stroke, or medical condition causes you to become paralyzed and prevents you from working, contact a Utah paralysis disability lawyer today.
Paralysis Disability Resources
Starting and winning a Social Security disability claim may seem easy enough, but many claims end unsuccessfully. It is easy to lose track of important details when trying to file a claim and cope with a serious disability. For this reason, we highly recommend seeking the help of a Utah paralysis disability lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group know the ins-and-outs of SSDI claims. We will handle your case while you focus on treating your disability.
In order to help disabled Utahns understand their rights in disability cases, we wrote a book on the claims process. We offer this book, The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook, for free to anyone who is interested. In this book, we outline the basics of the disability claims process. Order your free copy today!
Reading our book is a good start, but hiring a lawyer will help your case more than anything else. We offer free initial consultations so that you can meet our attorneys without any obligations. We have helped many Utahns win their disability cases, and look forward to the opportunity to help you too.
Contact the Paralysis Social Security Disability Lawyers today
If you are paralyzed, you need to contact our experienced SSDI lawyers today and get the legal guidance you need!