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Whiplash can impact a person's ability to work

Some words or phrases are exactly what they sound like. Take, for instance, the word, "whiplash." Whiplash is an incident that occurs where the head and neck is whipped quickly or back and forth in a manner that causes spinal cord or soft-tissue injury. These injuries often occur in an Alabama car accident collisions or due to sports or work injuries. While it may sound minor, the reality is that whiplash injuries can vary in severity and impact a person ability to keep or acquire gainful employment.

If this occurs for one year or more, a person could have an injury associated with Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries. Whiplash injuries may sound minor or temporary, but many struggle with returning to life as normal after suffering such an injury. It can be difficult to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, turn or lift things, which are often requirements of the average job. Without a way to keep or seek work and a healthy living wage, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be the only option left to seek.

Of course, if an injury happened on the job, there is always workers compensation. However, not all injuries do happen at work, and this is why it is good to know that SSD benefits exist for those whose injuries happen outside of that scope.

Beyond physical ailments, whiplash can even impact a person's ability to concentrate or remember things and can even result in some permanent mental cognitive disabilities. Every injury is different and will require its own healthcare plan to best address and hopefully heal a person's whiplash injury.

Sometimes though, incidents involve whiplash cannot be resolved, only managed. Working can cause flair-ups in symptoms, often leading to more than discomfort, an actual inability to work. This is who SSD benefits are made. Nonetheless, it is for those who are literally unable to work due to injury.

Source: Injury.FindLaw.com, "Whiplash-related Injuries," accessed on April 2, 2018

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