Many Massachusetts residents are dealing with long-term disabilities such as spinal injuries. The effects of these disabilities are long-lasting and can severely alter a person’s life. When a person’s spine is damaged, it may result in their vertebrae becoming herniated or traumatized in some other fashion. As a result, they can experience back pain, temporary or permanent paralysis, and neurological symptoms.
Spinal injuries are very delicate because they can permanently alter the way a person’s body operates. Some spinal injury patients will need long-term assistance, surgery, or rehabilitation. Spinal injuries leading to long-term disability can result from a personal injury such as an auto accident, a workplace injury or some other kind of trauma. The health care associated with these kinds of long-term disability is often costly. Massachusetts long term disability attorneys understand how serious a spinal injuries can be, and they will diligently work with their clients to help them get benefits to which they are entitled.
Causes for Spinal Trauma
Spinal injuries leading to long-term disability often occur as a result of blunt force trauma. This causes the vertebrae to either crack or to become ruptured. Automobile accidents account for up to 40 percent of all spinal injuries, and the majority of these accidents are the result of driver negligence.
Slip and fall accidents can also result in debilitating spinal injuries. When a surface is not properly cleaned of water, ice, snow, or debris, a person can lose his or her footing, fall, and suffer permanent spinal damage. Other accidents occur as the result of a person’s lack of coordination. Coordination accidents leading to long-term disability happen more frequently with senior citizens. This is because osteoporosis or other medical conditions can weaken the structural integrity of the spine of an older person, and this in turn can increase the severity of the spinal injury.
Compensation for Long-Term Injuries
When a person has suffered a spinal injury, he or she may qualify for long term disability in Massachusetts. There are a number of long term disability programs in addition to SSI and SSDI, including private, individual long term disability policies, group policies sponsored by employers or unions and governed by the ERISA statute and non-ERISA policies such as those offered by the state of Massachusetts.
Seeking benefits for long-term disabilities can be a challenge. An experienced attorney, such as those from The Law Offices of Terrence A. Low and Anthony J. Canata, can be instrumental in prevailing. A good attorney can also reduce the stress associated with this type of litigation.
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