Sometimes an accident happens -- whether it is a car accident, a workplace accident or a slip-and-fall -- wherein a person in Philadelphia injures his or her spinal cord. This can be an emergency situation. When a person goes to the hospital after such an incident complaining of neck pain, back pain, is weak or not fully conscious, doctors need to determine whether there is a spinal cord injury. What diagnostic tests may be performed in these situations?
In general, when it comes to musculoskeletal impairments, sometimes an individual in Pennsylvania must be unable to ambulate effectively in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits for injuries. What does it mean to be unable to ambulate effectively?
There are many different types of physical disorders that could lead to an individual in Philadelphia becoming disabled. For example, back injuries resulting from compression fractures or a herniated disk could result in a disability. Injuries to a person's shoulder, wrist, elbow, arm, ankle, knees or hip could also be disabling. In addition, heart conditions and neurological disorders could also cause a physical disability. These are only a few examples of injuries and conditions individuals in Philadelphia suffer from every day.
A traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as a TBI, can affect a person for the rest of their life. But, what are some complications that stem from a severe TBI? First of all, a person may be left in a coma or even worse, in a vegetative state. Sometimes these states of consciousness can improve, but, in some cases, they are permanent. Another complication that may stem from a TBI is an increased chance of developing a degenerative brain disease. Such diseases include Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and dementia pugilistica.
Spinal cord injuries disable many victims in Philadelphia each year. Some of these victims can no longer earn a living wage to support themselves. It is in these situations that they may seek Social Security disability benefits.
Industrial work, construction work and other types of physical labor can take a toll on a worker's joints. Joint pain and injuries can sometimes result in permanent pain and loss of function. Unfortunately, for many workers in Philadelphia, joint injuries can put an end to their careers. Filing for Social Security disability benefits for injuries may be a choice for these workers.
Pennsylvania residents may find that there are times when the Social Security Administration will determine that the evidence provided by the applicant proving his or her physical impairment, illness or injury is not sufficient. When this happens, one step they may take is to schedule a consultative examination (CE). Usually, the medical professional that is preferred for a CE is the treating source, as long as the professional is able, agreeable and has the necessary qualifications to undertake the exam for a charge. This is true even if the only exam necessary is a supplemental test.
In our last post, we discussed the definition of disability for purposes of awarding Social Security disability insurance. This week we will discuss the medical evidence that is necessary to make a determination as to whether one is considered disabled for the purposes of receiving benefits. While this post is not a substitute for the advice of a legal professional, it should provide more information regarding medical evidence and Social Security.