You're seeking out Social Security Disability (SSD) payments because you believe you've suffered a significant loss of function. However, what you're wondering about is how the government technically defines loss of function. Does pain play into it, or do you have to physically be unable to move?
For some, a disability strikes as a catastrophic injury or illness that leaves them no longer able to work. A paralyzing car accident or massive stroke. But for many, their disability creeps up on them, in small, seemingly unrelated incidents. While in your 20s, you injure your back, or break a bone in your leg or arm. That heals, but perhaps that healing is incomplete due to lack of healthcare coverage, or because you do not believe it to be very serious.
Once your application is filed with the Social Security Administration for benefits from the Disability Insurance program, you wait. Within a few months, you will receive notice of whether you have been approved, or like the majority of applications, been denied.
If you have been working and have suffered a job-related injury, you may have qualified for benefits due to that injury, such as workers' compensation benefits. Payments from these benefits can help you financially during your recovery from your injuries or medical condition, as they provide for both medical services and make up a portion of your income.
Science has provided us with a lot of stuff. From computer gadgets to medicine, there is no doubt that our world would be very different without these advancements. But there is still one advancement some of our St. Louis area readers are still waiting for and it's something that will help them fully recover from their spinal cord injury.
The Social Security Administration's list of Compassionate Allowances contains more than a hundred conditions and disorders that not only meet the SSA's definition of a disability but make a person eligible for benefits from the government as well. But while some of these conditions are easily recognizable to some of our Missouri readers, there are probably a number that our readers know nothing about.
Most people take language for granted. A person's ability to communicate with others through written and verbal means is second nature and it isn't until after we lose that ability that we realize how important it was in the first place.