Damaged Nerves Might Entitle You To Disability Benefits

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If you are involved in an accident, not only can your bones and muscles become damaged, but you might also suffer an injury to your nerves. When this happens, you might find that you're unable to work because of the impact that your damaged nerves have on your ability to complete day-to-day tasks. However, you will need to prove to the SSA that you are unable to work before you will be entitled to benefits.

How to Receive SSDI for Damaged Nerves

To be able to prove that you should be entitled to compensation for your damaged nerves, you will need to work closely with a disability insurance claim lawyer. To be able to prove that you are not able to work, you must gather medical evidence that you are injured. Then, you'll need to make a case for why your condition makes it impossible for you to remain gainfully employed based on your work experience and level of education.

Nerves control the movement of your arms and also help your brain detect sensations. If the nerves in your arm are damaged, you may struggle to grasp objects or may have poor coordination. You may also struggle to pick objects up because you are unable to feel the object you are grasping. This might hurt your productivity or bring it to a complete halt and prevent you from maintaining employment.

How to Appeal a Claim Denial

Having your claim approved for the first item can be very difficult. Therefore, you will want to consult with your disability insurance lawyer about how you would need to go about having your claim appealed. You are allowed to appeal your claim once and you will then be required to participate in a hearing.

Your lawyer will help prepare you for the hearing and can also represent you during the hearing. Oftentimes, when the SSA is reluctant to provide SSDI benefits, they believe that the diagnosis is not supported by the medical tests. For damaged nerves, you will typically need a nerve conduction velocity test or electromyography. 

You will also need tests performed by your doctor that assess your ability to perform day-to-day tasks. For example, you might struggle to carry objects above a particular weight. With all of this evidence, you might be able to have your SSDI claim approved eventually and you will be entitled to benefits that you should have received originally.


11 January 2022

Dealing with Estate Planning When You're Single

Too many single people assume they don't need to plan their estate. My brother fell into this category, and his unexpected passing left our entire family struggling to deal with his home, belongings, and financial accounts. It took nearly three years for the courts to set up a deal because he left no paperwork detailing how he wanted his estate divided. The situation immediately convinced me to work on my own estate, even though I'm still in my early 30's and don't have children or a spouse to worry about. Since it's a little harder to pick beneficiaries and estate managers when you're single, I collected the resources I used for making my own decisions and decided to publish them here on my blog. Use these resources before talking to an estate planning attorney so you're prepared for making hard decisions.