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Understanding spinal cord injuries and SSDI

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Social Security Disability

Spinal cord injuries can have a profound impact on a person’s life. These injuries occur when damage to the spinal cord results in a loss of function, such as mobility or sensation. The spinal cord is a vital part of the body that transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body.

When the spinal cord is injured, it can disrupt these signals and lead to significant disabilities.

Eligibility for SSDI

People with spinal cord injuries may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals who cannot work due to a severe disability. The Social Security Administration administers SSDI and has specific criteria that applicants must meet to qualify for benefits.

Criteria for SSDI

To be eligible for SSDI, an individual must have a disability that prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. For spinal cord injuries, this often means the injury must result in significant physical limitations. The SSA evaluates these limitations based on the severity and permanence of the injury.

Application process

The SSDI application process involves several steps. First, the individual must provide detailed medical documentation of the spinal cord injury. This includes medical records, doctor’s reports and any other evidence that demonstrates the extent of the disability. The SSA uses this information to determine if the injury meets the criteria for SSDI.

Work history requirement

In addition to medical documentation, the SSA considers the individual’s work history. Applicants must have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a certain number of years to qualify. This work history helps establish the applicant’s eligibility for benefits.

Receiving SSDI benefits

Once approved for SSDI, individuals with spinal cord injuries receive monthly benefits. These benefits help cover living expenses and medical costs. The amount of the benefit depends on the applicant’s previous earnings and work history.

Living with a spinal cord injury presents many challenges, but SSDI can provide needed support. It is important for individuals with spinal cord injuries to understand their rights and the resources available to them so they can receive the benefits they deserve.