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Can I qualify for disability benefits if I am suffering from paralysis?

Paralysis is a loss of muscle function in part of the body that can be temporary or permanent. In 2013 almost 5.4 million Americans were suffering from some form of paralysis, the most common cause being stroke. If your paralysis affects your ability to maintain employment you may qualify for disability benefits.


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The SSA recognizes several disabling diseases that cause paralysis such as brain tumors, cerebral palsy, stroke and muscular dystrophy. Paralysis which occurs as the result of trauma to the brain or spine, such as a serious car accident, is included in this listing. Call 512-454-4000 for help today.

Paralysis is described as localized when a specific part of the body such as an arm or leg is affected, or generalized when a large section of the body is affected.

It can affect any part of the body at any time of life, but it usually affects an entire body region.


Muscles enable our bodies to move and are under the control of the nervous system.

The nervous system processes messages to and from all the parts of the body. If the nerve cells that control a muscle are injured or become diseased, a person loses the ability to move the muscle voluntarily. Paralysis on one side of the body is usually the result of damage to the opposite side of the brain while damage to the nerves of the spinal cord will affect different parts of the body. Because paralysis may affect any muscle in the body, a person may lose the ability to talk or breathe unaided as well as the ability to move.


The types of paralysis are characterized by region:

  •   Hemiplegia: one side of the body is affected.
  •   Monoplegia: only one limb is affected.
  •   Diplegia or bilateral hemiplegia: both sides of the body are affected.
  •   Paraplegia: only the lower limbs are affected.
  •   Quadriplegia: all four limbs are affected.

There are many causes of paralysis, but some of the most common are stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.

The nerve damage that causes paralysis can be in the central nervous system {the brain or spinal cord), or in the peripheral nervous system (nerves outside the spinal cord).


The most common causes of damage to the brain are:

  •   stroke
  •   tumor
  •   trauma, such as a sports injury or car accident
  •   Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the immune system that attacks the protective sheath covering nerve fibers and disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body
  •   Cerebral Palsy, a defect or injury to the brain which occurs at birth or shortly after
  •   metabolic disorder (an illness that develops when the body cannot properly process fats, proteins, sugars or nucleic acids)

Contact a Social Security disability attorney at 512-454-4000 for a free consultation and see if you can get disability benefits while suffering from the effects of paralysis. If you have been denied disability don’t give up!


Damage to the spinal cord is usually caused by physical trauma.

Other conditions that damage nerves to the spine include:

  •   tumor
  •   herniated disk
  •   spondylosis (stiffening of the spine)
  •   rheumatoid arthritis
  •   neurodegenerative disease (a disease that damages nerve cells)
  •   Multiple Sclerosis

Damage to peripheral nerves may be caused by:

  •   trauma
  •   compression or entrapment, such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
  •   toxins or poisons
  •   Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disease where the body’s immune system attacks the nerves
  •   radiation
  •   inherited demyelinating disease (a condition that destroys the protective sheath around the nerve cell)

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In rare instances, no physical cause for paralysis is found.

This condition is called a conversion disorder. A person converts their psychological anxiety into the symptoms of paralysis though muscle and nerve function are still undamaged.


The symptoms of paralysis depend on the cause and the parts of the body affected.

When trauma or a stroke occurs, loss of feeling and movement may be immediate. In other cases, muscle weakness increases gradually, especially when caused by disease or illness. Paralysis can affect the nerves carrying sensory information and the nerves controlling the heart, lungs, glands, and intestines. Damage to the brain that results in paralysis can affect speech, behavior, and cognitive ability. Other symptoms include numbness and tingling, pain, changes in vision, or problems with balance.


Currently there is no cure for permanent paralysis.

The goal of treatment is to assist the patient in adapting to their condition and making them as independent as possible. A variety of mobility aids are available including manual and electric wheelchairs and braces designed to improve muscle function and compensate for weakness.


The Social Security Administration recognizes several diseases that cause paralysis under Listing 11.00 Neurological, such as brain tumors, cerebral palsy, stroke (see 11.04, vascular insult to the brain) and muscular dystrophy.

Paralysis which occurs as the result of trauma to the brain or spine, such as a serious car accident, is included in this listing. “We evaluate neurological disorders that may manifest in a combination of limitations in physical and mental functioning.” These conditions may be disabling if severe enough, but a claimant must be able to identify their underlying condition as causing paralysis.


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If you are suffering from some form of paralysis and it affects your ability to maintain employment you may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Long-Term Disability benefits. If you have applied for benefits and been denied, contact the attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed for a free consultation. We aggressively protect the rights of our clients to ensure they receive the disability assistance they deserve. Contact our Texas Social Security lawyers at 512-454-4000 to schedule your free consultation today.

 

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