Spinal Cord Injury

Many veterans with spinal cord injuries qualify for disability compensation because their health problems occurred during military service. Veterans with spinal cord injuries unrelated to their military service may receive VA medical care under rules governing veterans with catastrophic disabilities or low incomes. The spinal cord is the main pathway for transmitting information between the brain and the nerves that lead to muscles, skin, internal organs and glands. Injury to the spinal cord disrupts movement, sensation and function. Paraplegia results from injury to the lower part of the spinal cord, causing paralysis of the lower part of the body, including the bowel and bladder. Tetraplegia (sometimes called quadriplegia) results from injury to the spinal cord in the neck area, causing paralysis to the lower body, upper body and arms. SCI requires ongoing management of impairments and prevention of related problems. Veterans with SCI may receive monthly disability compensation. They may receive additional compensation if the injury resulted in loss of use of hands or feet or in other disabilities. The rating may include other service-connected disabilities not related to their spinal injury. Many veterans with service-connected disabilities are also entitled to vocational counseling, grants for adapted housing and automobiles, a clothing allowance and payment for home and attendant care.

To learn more about how VA can help you with your spinal cord injury contact us at 855-312-5575 or email us at info@VetDefender.com.