Suffering from a spinal cord injury can change the life of an Iowa resident temporarily or forever. Of course, the definition of temporary could mean at least a year, if not longer. If he or she cannot work during that time, the individual’s financial situation could quickly deteriorate. It may be possible to obtain SSD benefits from the Social Security Administration to help provide for the individual and the family.
When an individual first receives a diagnosis regarding a spinal cord injury, doctors may give a timeline and/or prognosis as to when, or if, he or she will recover. At that point, it would be wise to begin considering applying for SSD benefits right away. It can take months to a year to receive a decision, and that is if the application is approved the first time.
Part of the delay has to do with gathering all of the relevant medical records needed in order to establish your condition and prove your need. The individual will also need to show that he or she cannot work, even in another field or industry. The other factor that could delay our receipt of benefits is that many claims are denied the first time, but it is possible to appeal that decision.
Adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury presents a challenge to most people. Individuals here in Iowa going through this adjustment need the freedom to focus on that and their recovery instead of dealing with the stress and frustration of trying to obtain SSD benefits to help with their financial situation. Working with an attorney experienced in this area of law could help alleviate that anxiety and increase the odds of receiving benefits in a timely manner.