Spina Bifida and Disability

Spina bifida is a common birth defect that involves the neural tube, an embryonic structure that eventually becomes part of the baby’s brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that go along with them. Spina bifida is a defect in which the neural tube fails to fuse properly and causes issues with the baby’s spine.

Some individuals who suffer from the defect may not experience any negative symptoms, while others may experience serious side effects, including paralysis of affected areas. People afflicted with Spina bifida may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they are unable to work or perform normal life functions. If you would like more information on Spina bifida and disability, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565.

Types of Spina Bifida

The three types of Spina bifida are:

  • Spina bifida occulta – this mild form of the birth defect usually does not affect the nerves of the spine and may have little or no effect on the individual’s daily life. The affected individual may not even be aware that he or she has this form of spina bifida.
  • Meningocele – membranes may be forced out of openings in the vertebrae during development. Surgery is often performed in an attempt to correct this defect.
  • Open spina bifida (or Myelomeningocele) – the most serious form of the defect and the most commonly recognized form of spina bifida. Due to defective development of the spinal cord, the nerves in the spine may be unprotected or exposed, causing serious health issues throughout one’s life.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know is suffering from spina bifida and may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, contact the Indianapolis Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 today.