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08/15/2013
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Securing Benefits for your Wichita Neck Injury

Any type of car wreck can result in neck pain and injury because of muscle strain, nerve compression, whiplash, pinched nerves or herniated discs. Symptoms of neck injury can include numbness, sharp or shooting pain, trouble swallowing, fainting, headaches, pains in the face and/or shoulders, or arm tingling and numbness.  All these symptoms can create havoc in someone’s life and create difficulty in performing daily tasks.

If you’ve been in a wreck that resulted in neck injury, you may be considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI benefits. However, to prove that you aren’t able to return to work, there are several requirements you must meet. To reduce the risk of your claim being denied, many injured persons hire a Wichita personal injury attorney to assist them with their case.

If you meet these requirements, it is likely you will be approved for SSD benefits:

  • You can show that nerve root or the spinal cord is affected and there is restricted movement of your spine. Muscle weakness or loss of feeling or reflexes in those muscles can also be approved for benefits.
  • You can prove that you suffer from spinal arachnoiditis, which is caused by inflammation in the spine and requires you to change positions more than once every two hours.

To prove these conditions, medical documents including examinations of the spine must be provided to document the limited range of motion of your neck. Having a Wichita neck injury attorney will help acquire the needed documents to win your case. A lawyer will also help compile documents showing history of treatments received, how long the patient underwent the treatment, and the injured person’s response to the treatments.

What if I don’t fall under either requirement listed above?

You are still eligible for Social Security benefits. If a doctor has diagnosed that you will not be able to return to work, Social Security can evaluate your limitations using a Residual Functional Capacity form to determine the limits to your work activities.

If you have had a Kansas neck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.

Make sure you download our free car accident app for iPhone or Droid to protect yourself in event of an auto accident.


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