Q I have been unable to speak since my accident. Are there social security disability benefits for that?
Yes. Sensory impairment can restrict your ability to earn a living just as much as any other physical injury, and victims may be entitled to extra income. The most common sensory injuries that qualify for social security benefits are loss of eyesight and loss of hearing, but in certain cases, those who have lost the ability to speak may qualify for special sensory loss benefits.
Social security disability benefits provide monthly income for those who suffer from:
- Permanent and complete inability to speak (also called mutism)
- A speech deficit that will last for the foreseeable future
- Inability to communicate effectively or be understood by speaking
- An inability to speak loud enough for others to understand you
The Social Security Administration may deny benefits to those who are able to communicate using assistance devices, since the person has found a way to cope with their disability. However, it is important to remember that loss of speech can be a symptom of another condition, such as a neurological disorder, that may very well be covered by social security disability.
Loss of speech injuries can have a wide range of symptoms and difficulties, and victims will often have to demonstrate how the loss of their speech has affected their ability to work. The legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can explain how to get your New Jersey disability application approved in your FREE consultation. Call us at (877) 360-0183 today, or click the link above to download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.