You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you have a spinal cord injury or disorder. However, your disability benefit approval will not be automatic. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not approve Social Security disability benefit applications solely based on the injury, condition, or disease suffered by the applicant.
Is Social Security Disability an Option?
Generally, you may recover Social Security disability benefits if you have a spinal cord disorder or injury and you meet the following requirements:
- You are totally disabled by your condition.
- You are unable to work because of your condition.
- Your condition is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
- You have paid the required amount into the Social Security system over the required amount of time.
Note that the Social Security Administration is strict with its guidelines and does not approve every application that it receives.
How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Social Security Disability Benefits
You can protect your rights and get the Social Security disability benefits you deserve by:
- Fully completing a Social Security disability application. The majority of applications are initially denied. You can help prevent this by providing all of the information requested when you first apply for benefits.
- Having sufficient medical evidence to support your Social Security disability application. The disability examiner assigned to your case is going to want to know about your condition from a qualified medical doctor.
- Understanding your rights. Federal law provides you with certain rights when you apply for Social Security disability benefits.
- Working with a board certified Social Security disability lawyer. An attorney can make sure that your application is complete and that you are treated fairly during the eligibility process.
If you fail to prove your eligibility, or if you fail to comply with the technical requirements of the application, your application for Social Security disability benefits may be denied.
Don’t Let That Happen to You
Instead, take some time to watch our free videos and to read our FREE book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know, so that you can understand how the entire process works and what the Social Security Administration needs to approve your benefit application. Then contact us directly via this website or by phone to learn more about your rights.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.