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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Be Crucial to Surviving With Spinal Cord Injury, Allsup Reports
Date:7/7/2010

Enormous healthcare costs, lost income are significant barriers; Allsup outlines considerations when applying for SSDI with spinal cord impairments

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) -- Every 41 minutes a person in the United States sustains a spinal cord injury, resulting in 11,000 new cases each year, according to the United Spinal Association. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and Medicare plan selection services, recommends that when a spinal cord injury occurs—individuals begin the process of documenting the existence of the disability and its effects when medical intervention is most intense.

Approximately 700,000 Americans have disabilities of the spinal cord, which can include traumatic spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, polio, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and syringomyelia, among others. People living with paralysis may have a number of secondary conditions such as pressure ulcers and respiratory infections.

“Because spinal cord injury is such a catastrophic event, people are suddenly faced with all sorts of changes – SCI certainly impacts them physically, emotionally and economically. It comes out of nowhere and it affects all aspects of life,” said Paul J. Tobin, president and CEO of United Spinal Association. “The cost of spinal cord injury is significant. Pe
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