Spinal cord injuries can arise from a variety of circumstances. For example, a person in Missouri could suffer a spinal cord injury after being involved in a car crash, a sporting accident or even a fall down the stairs. What they will soon find, however, is that the costs associated with living after having suffered a spinal cord injury can be staggering.
No one in Missouri expects to be injured in any given day. However, a day that starts out normally could turn to catastrophe if a person is in a serious car wreck, is injured on-the-job or is injured in another type of accident. A severely injured person often needs extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, sometimes this just isn't enough and an injured person finds that the incident has led to long-term disability.
Workplace injuries make up a large percentage of SSD claims. Workers injured on the job who receive benefits through state workers compensation programs may also be eligible for SSD benefits. An employee may receive workers compensation for temporary or permanent workplace injuries. However, in order to qualify for SSD benefits, the employee must be totally disabled. That is, the employee must be experiencing a disability that is expected to last at least 12 months or end in death.
A previous post on this blog discussed how Boone County, Missouri residents who live both in Columbia and in the rural parts of the area may find it hard to get Social Security disability benefits for their chronic pain.
One of the most frustrating things a Columbia, Missouri resident can face in life is a serious medical condition that has no apparent cause. Chronic pain is one such medical condition. A person feels it acutely and may not be able to work or even do much more than get out of bed because of it, yet neither "pain" nor the cause thereof is going to show up on any medical or laboratory test.
Many residents of Columbia, Missouri and outer Boone Country probably recognize that a person who has suffered a severe brain injury and is comatose or unable to perform basic life functions is disabled. However, what some Columbia residents might not fully appreciate is that even what experts call a mild of moderate traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can potentially give rise to successful SSD claims.
A repetitive motion injury can affect Boone County residents with little regard to what occupation they work in. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome can have a profound impact on an office worker's ability to type, making it difficult if not impossible for him or her to perform the basic tasks of a job.
Although the most severe type of back injury is an injury to the spinal cord, which can leave a person paralyzed and unable to move, much less work, there are many other types of back injuries that can significantly affect Columbia, Missouri, residents such that they may not be able to hold down a job.
Many people in Columbia, Missouri, and in Boone County have accidents, either at work or simply while going about life. While most of these accidents thankfully end with no one getting hurt seriously, in too many cases someone winds up severely injured and, in all likelihood, unable to work.
In many cases, it may be clear that a Boone County, Missouri resident has suffered an injury, but not entirely clear how severe the injury is. After all, some people may experience gradual wear and tear injuries on their bodies that leave them in a lot of pain, but with no visible symptoms. Others may not realize the full impact of an injury until well after the fact, as symptoms can show up or get worse over time.