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Spina Bifida and Receiving Social Security Disability

Spina bifida comes from the Latin meaning “split or open spine”. Spina bifida is a developmental birth defect that involves the neural tube. Incomplete closure of the embryonic neural tube results in an incompletely formed spinal cord. In addition to this, the vertebrae overlying the open portion of the spinal cord do not fully form and remain open and unfused. This allows the abnormal portion of the spinal cord to stick out through the opening in the bones. There may or may not be a fluid filled sac surrounding the open spinal cord. Spina bifida is divided into three categories: spina bifida occulta, spina bifida cystica (myelomeningocele) and meningocele. The most common location of the malformations is the lumbar and sacral areas of the spinal cord. Myelomeningocele is the most serious form of the disorder. It is the kind that leads to disability in most of the people affected with the conditions. The terms spina bifida and myelomeningocele are usually used interchangeably. The effects of spina bifida vary depending on the type and extent of the spinal defect. Spina bifida occulta is the mildest form of the disorder. Usually, there are no symptoms with this type of spina bifida, and no treatment is needed. In fact, many people with this kind of spina bifida do not even know that they have it. However, some effects can show up later in life. With spina bifida cystica (myelomeningocele) there is the obvious spinal deformity. The unfused portion of the spinal column allows the spinal cord to protrude through an opening in the overlying vertebrae. The meningeal membranes that cover the spinal cord may or may not form a sac enclosing the spinal elements. There is usually some degree of paralysis and loss of sensation below the level of the spinal cord defect. There are other effects of spina bifida. These include: Your child with disability may have spina bifida. This may be the cause of their disability. If so, you may need assistance. You may need financial help. Have you applied for financial assistance on behalf of your child with disability from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by spina bifida? If your child with disability was denied and you plan to appeal the denial, remember this. Your child with disability will need a knowledgeable disability attorney to represent them in the appeals procedure. This is because people who are represented by a good disability lawyer like the one at are approved more often than people without an attorney. Do not wait. Contact the proven disability lawyer at, today.