Most people don’t like to think about suffering a serious injury. They might be unable to walk, lose the function in an arm or leg, or even experience a head injury that leaves them altered forever, permanently affecting their daily lives and their ability to earn a living.
However, what many people don’t realize is that they can suffer an injury that devastates their lives while leaving them physically unchanged.
Sensory loss is a serious condition that affects thousands Americans every year. While many victims are able to find ways to cope with the loss of eyesight or hearing, some are so severely affected that they are unable to continue working—resulting in an increase in medical costs and a decrease in monthly income.
You should be aware that the Social Security Administration does provide for workers whose sensory impairment has affected their ability to work. Some sensory injuries that qualify for social security benefits include:
- Total blindness. Also called statutory or legal blindness, this term applies to victims who are unable to see despite corrective lenses of any strength.
- Partial blindness. You may be eligible for benefits for partial blindness (such as loss of sight in one eye) if your condition is expected to last for more than one year.
- Vision problems. Many sensory problems are the result of underlying conditions, such as neurodegenerative disorders or injuries to the brain. These may cause chronic changes in vision, including temporary blindness, eyelid spasms, or blind spots on the eye.
- Hearing loss. Many people who experience hearing loss depend on social security payments to supply them with hearing aids or cochlear implants.
- Speech loss. Speech disorders, such as mutism, stuttering, or vocal cord injury, can be severely limiting if you are unable to communicate effectively with others.
It can be extremely difficult to prove that your sensory injury has affected your ability to earn a living. At Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., we can help you prove your case to the Social Security Administration, getting you the monthly income payments you deserve.
To begin your FREE consultation, call us today at (877) 360-0183. You can also click the link above to download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.