Social Security Disability benefits are a tool for you to lean on, but that assumes that you meet the particular qualifications regarding your specific disorder. In the case of spinal cord injuries or disorders, it is important to understand the path ahead and the burden of proof required to gain SSD benefits.
As detailed on the Social Security Administration website, spinal cord disorders fall under three characterizations.
The three characterizations
The first spinal cord disorder characterization involves a complete loss of function that persists for three consecutive months. Proof of this loss may be as easy as an x-ray showing the clear transection of the spinal cord but may come in other forms.
The second is an extreme limitation in at least two extremities caused by motor function disorganization. Your ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or use your upper extremities come into question here.
The third is a limitation in physical function as well as mental functioning having to do with understanding information, interacting with others, concentrating or managing yourself.
While three months is the usual time to monitor your disorder for evidence in the appeal process, proof of a total cord transection may lead to a foregone conclusion where the SSA makes an allowance decision sooner.
One of the fastest ways to get through the appeals process is the diligent preparation of your case. Having a strong body of evidence, an awareness of the checkpoints and other resources to organize your case and paperwork all come into play when securing the assistance you need.