There are a variety of ways a person can acquire a long-term disability. Physical injuries are some of the most common causes of long-term disabilities. It only takes one serious accident to leave a person unable to work a job for the rest of their life. This is why the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers those with disabilities the opportunity to receive disability benefits to help pay for living expenses. However, if you have a legitimate disability but did not receive benefits, consider hiring a Philadelphia disability lawyer who can help you figure what went wrong.
The two main types of neurological injuries that can lead to disabilities are brain and spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can happen with fractures to the spine after a serious fall, car accident, or hit to the back. This type of injury does not tend to heal and many people with spine injuries are unable to walk for life. This injury can also cause paralysis and a loss of sensation below the damaged site. This can make breathing impossible without a machine in some cases. Many people who survive spinal cord injuries require lifelong assistance for basic needs.
Brain injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries, can cause a variety of disabilities depending on where the damage occurred. Some people may lose the ability to form new memories and will not be able to learn new workplace instructions. Others may experience serious losses in attention that can leave them constantly distracted and unable to focus while at work.
Communication and the ability to understand others can also be impaired. The ability to recognize objects can be lost along with fine-motor skills needed for completing intricate tasks with the hands. Hand-eye coordination problems are common in some cases, which would make performing precise physical tasks difficult.
Certain limb injuries can be severe enough to require surgical amputation. People may no longer be able to perform certain skills at their job if their fingers, arms, or legs were amputated by accident or through surgery. Severe arthritis in the knees or wrists can make physically demanding jobs painful and less productive.
Soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains that lead to irreparable damage can also create these types of problems. Even certain burn injuries that damage the tendons and muscles can destroy a person’s range of motion in their limbs and hands. Severe burns are covered by disability insurance if they limit movement in the limbs or fine muscles of the hands for 12 months. Pain is also considered when severe enough to limit movement.
Try talking to a Philadelphia individual disability insurance lawyer if you were denied disability benefits despite struggling with significant impairments after a serious injury. Call Edelstein & Nelson at 1-800-300-0909 for a consultation today. We can help you figure out what may have gone wrong with your application and can start the appeals process if necessary. Our goal is to help you obtain the benefits you need to receive proper financial support.