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Social Security Disability Benefits For Injuries Archives

When does a traumatic brain injury constitute a disability?

Our previous post examined a new treatment that may help those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Despite the advancements in the medical arena, many of those in Philadelphia who suffer a traumatic brain injury may find themselves not only unable to work, but also unable to perform many of the daily tasks they used to do with ease. It can be incredibly frustrating, not just on an emotional level, but on a financial level as well. After all, a person still needs to afford the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, not to mention the costs of medical care and drugs that they incur due to their disability.

Researchers identify drug that may help brain injury victims

A person in Philadelphia can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in many different ways, whether it is a car accident, a sports injury or a fall on an icy sidewalk. Closed-skull TBIs can have a significant effect on a person's life. They can cause personality changes, language loss, disability or even death. What all TBIs have in common, however, is that the brain swelling that often follows can worsen the injury.

A spine injury may qualify for disability benefits

Philadelphians may give little thought to the amazing functions our bodies accomplish without our even thinking of it. One of these functions is our brain's ability to communicate with the rest of our body. Our body's central nervous system is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord, which control the body's movement and sensation. When this ability to transmit messages between the brain and the body, due to a spinal cord injury, it could result in paralysis.

A craniectomy doesn't always prevent a severe disability

Head injuries can be life-threatening and often require swift medical action to prevent fatalities. Sometimes when a person in Philadelphia suffers a severe injury to his or her head, doctors need to remove a portion of the person's skull, in a procedure that is known as a craniectomy. Doing so releases the pressure in the person's brain, and is often the only way to keep the person alive.

A torn ACL can be a disabling injury

Many Pennsylvanians may have heard of famous athletes, such as football players, tearing their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). However, an ACL injury can happen to just about anyone, whether it is through a sports accident, car accident or even just by a slip-and-fall accident. However, many people may not know exactly what constitutes an ACL injury.

Individuals with severe fractures may need disability benefits

While some people in Philadelphia may think that broken bones are simply a fact of life, and only take a cast and some time to heal, in actuality a broken bone can be extremely serious. Some broken bones in a person's lower extremities, such as an individual's pelvis, leg or foot can make it difficult of even impossible for a person to ambulate effectively, making it difficult if not impossible for that individual to return to work.

How Social Security disability and workers' compensation interact

When you get injured on the job and become unable to adequately perform, your job security and financial stability are immediately put at risk. Reduced hours, job changes and increased medical expenses become a burden, especially as you are trying to become well again and alleviate the pain that comes as a result of the injury.

Can broken bones lead to a disability?

Whether you slipped on a spill in the grocery store, tripped over an uneven sidewalk or were involved in a serious car crash, it is entirely possible that you can break a bone. While sometimes a broken bone simply means wearing a cast for several weeks, in other cases extensive operations and therapy are needed to recover, if recovery is even possible.

Disabled U.S. service members may seek SSDI benefits

Many U.S. service members from Philadelphia bravely fight for our country in war-torn areas, risking both their health and lives for our freedoms. Unfortunately, many will return from service with severe injuries that significantly impact their everyday lives. While some of them may seek disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, others may also wonder if they are also eligible to seek Social Security disability benefits as well.

The right help can be key when applying for disability benefits

Being seriously injured in Philadelphia comes with a whole host of physical, mental and financial consequences. Not only is one's health severely compromised, but a person who suffers a serious injury could find his or her whole life turned upside down. An injury could not only cause severe ongoing pain, but could result in the need for many costly medical treatments. These costs are made all the more burdensome when a person cannot return to work to earn a living.

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