Of all types of injuries, the most life-altering may be injuries to the back and spine. Even when considered relatively mild, a spinal cord injury can result in chronic pain, numbness and limited mobility. In more extreme cases, these injuries can cause paralysis including quadriplegia and paraplegia.
It is estimated that more than 250,000 people in the U.S. have a disability related to spinal cord injury. Needless to say, individuals suffering from spinal disorders and back/spine injuries often have difficulty working and may need to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
A recently published study reveals that the number of spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States. Moreover, slips and falls are now the leading cause of these injuries; a distinction that had long been given to motor vehicle accidents.
Researchers in the study noted that the rise in spinal cord injuries seems to be most prominent among the elderly, but working-age Americans are also at risk. A previous study found that between 2000 and 2005, the average age of spinal cord injury victims was 41 years old. This most recent study now puts the average age at 51.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury and are worried about your ability to continue working, you may be wondering if you qualify for disability benefits. In many cases, a thorough medical examination and physician diagnosis are important first steps toward assessing eligibility. If you have questions or are ready to get started, please contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney.
Source: Insurance Business America, “Falls overtake auto wrecks as leading cause of spinal cord injuries,” Feb. 5, 2014