Michigan workers anticipate that their workplaces will be safe environments, free from hazards. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case. Sometimes, whether through an unanticipated work accident, or over the course of repeated exposure at the workplace, a worker may experience a debilitating injury. Fortunately, there is help available in the form of Social Security disability benefits for those Michigan residents who have experienced a work-related injury.

Workers who have developed a visual disorder due to an accident injury, such as if debris gets lodged in a person’s eye on a jobsite, may be eligible for benefits. Visual disorders encompass a range of disorders and include abnormalities of the eye, optic tracts, optic nerve or brain. These disorders may result in a person losing their visual acuity or visual fields, which can mean a person can no longer read, distinguish detail or perceive peripheral visual stimuli.

Hearing loss, such as that which may stem from an ongoing excessively loud environment at work or from a workplace injury, may also qualify a person to receive SSDI benefits, whether the condition is treated with a cochlear implantation or not. The SSA will consider whether a person has had any associated loss of speech following his or her hearing loss, as well.

Work injuries may have a debilitating effect on a person’s life, whether they specifically affect a person’s sight or hearing or cause other health impairments. There may be extensive medical expenses in addition to personal and professional frustration. Obtaining SSDI benefits may be able to help provide some comfort and financial security for a person after an injury.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Special Senses and Speech – Adult,” accessed Jan. 8, 2016