It can be incredibly frustrating to find yourself in a physical state in which you can no longer work and provide for your family. When a physical injury or medical condition keeps you from earning a living, it can mean that you qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Even with a serious injury, these benefits are not always easy to get.
One type of injury that may keep you from working is damage to your spinal cord. Perhaps your injury has progressively worsened over time, or maybe you suffered immediate and significant damage in an accident. Spinal cord injuries are complex, and the way they affect a person differs from case to case. Sometimes, the effects of these injuries are different from what many in North Carolina expect.
How does your injury impact your life?
Every back injury and spinal cord injury is different. The way that your injury affected your life will depend on things like your health at the time of the accident, the location of the injury and more. Some of the unexpected side effects of this specific type of injury include:
- Recurrence of pneumonia
- Heart problems and low blood pressure
- Blood clots
- Problems with urinary function
- Issues with fertility and sexual function
When people think of a back injury, they may only think about loss of function or difficulty walking. In reality, the impact of these types of injuries is often far-reaching. These effects can significantly reduce your chances to continue with the job you had or find a different type of employment.
If you believe that you are no longer able to work, you may want to start exploring your options for filing a disability claim with the SSA. The application process is extensive, and it's common for first-time claims to come back denied. You may find it helpful to start this process by seeking experienced legal guidance from the very beginning.
The help you need
When it is your financial well-being on the line, you do not want to lose any time in seeking the benefits you need. By having assistance with your application and initial steps, you will have a higher chance of securing benefits in a timely manner. In the event of a denial, you can move forward immediately with requesting a reconsideration of your claim or starting an appeal.