Balance and Inner-Ear Problems Can Be Disabling

It’s been over a month since you were released from Bryan LGH Hospital with a head injury. While you still can’t go back to work, you realize you’re lucky to be alive—you are just trying to live with the challenges of healing.

But what if it is not the injury that’s keeping you out of work, but a constant feeling of falling?

Sensory Disabilities May Qualify You for Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration allows workers who have suffered sensory impairments to collect disability payments if their injury significantly prevents their ability to work. While the most common sensory disabilities are blindness and hearing loss, sensation and interaction can go far beyond eyes and ears and may include:

  • Vertigo
  • Balance problems
  • Inner-ear disorders
  • Meniere's disease\
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Factors That May Affect Your Social Security Case

It is not enough that you suffer from a sensory impairment; you must be able to prove that the condition is preventing you from working, or poses a significant danger to you during a regular workday. For example, it may not be disabling for someone who works at home to suffer an inner-ear condition, but balance problems are a severe disability for construction workers and others who routinely scale great heights.

In addition, the SSA does not provide short-term benefits. In order to be eligible for payments, your condition must be expected to last one years time.

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Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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