When people think about severe neck injuries, they often think about breaks that injure the spinal cord and lead to paralysis. In the worst cases, this is complete paralysis from the neck down.
When people think of blindness as a disability, they often imagine it to be absolute. They understand that vision issues like farsightedness or nearsightedness can make it more difficult to see without corrective lenses, and they assume blindness is just the extreme end of the spectrum, where someone's vision has deteriorated -- or been damaged -- so that they can't see at all.
Suffering from burn injuries does not automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. Just as with any other disability, there are criteria that you must meet to have your application successfully approved.
A spinal cord injury can leave you with paralysis that impacts you below the level of that injury. For some, this means the loss of the use of their legs. For others, it is everything below the neck. All injuries are different.
You wake up one night with shooting pain in your left hand. It's excruciating. You sit in bed waiting for it to subside, but it just won't go away.
Understanding disabilities in the United States starts with breaking down the statistics and looking at the facts. This can help you form an accurate picture of what disabilities look like, whom they impact, how they change lives and what types of assistance different individuals need.
If you are living with a disability, whether this is a new development in your life or something you have been living with for some time, you should know that you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 25% of Americans, or one out of every four, have a disability.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) carefully evaluates every single case that they get when people claim they are disabled and can no longer work. Every case has its own set of facts and important details. Do not assume that any two cases are the same or that an injury will absolutely qualify just because you know someone else with a similar injury or you read a news report about that type of injury.
A loved one suffers serious injuries and ends up getting disabled. While they do work with medical professionals for rehab and things of this nature, you basically become their in-home caretaker.
If you have suffered a traumatic amputation in a car accident, a workplace accident or some other such incident, your first thought is likely for the future. What does this severe injury mean for you moving forward?