Is Quadriplegic Disability Available in Canada?
Paralysis can be partial, periodic, or complete. When a person suffers paralysis in both their arms and legs, it’s known as quadriplegia.
The primary cause of quadriplegia is damage to the spinal cord; less common causes for paralysis include cerebral palsy and stroke. The degree of impairment is dependent on the part of the spinal cord that’s injured, and the amount of damage inflicted. Paralysis occurs when the spinal cord and the brain become disconnected, as the central nervous system becomes impaired if damaged enough.
There’s no cure for quadriplegia – damage to the spinal cord is irreversible. Quadriplegia treatment therefore aims to control the condition, or teaching the paralyzed person how to cope with their condition. Trauma care and rehabilitation are the only two treatment options for quadriplegia.
How does the Disability Tax Credit work?
Quadriplegia leaves a person fully dependent on family or caregivers to assist with the basic activities of living. Dressing, feeding, and getting around become almost impossible without help, limiting one’s independence and activities. Complications can also arise from quadriplegia – pressure sores, blood clots, respiratory problems, and spastic muscles, to name a few – meaning constant attention is required, too.
The severity of quadriplegia makes the condition eligible for disability benefits in Canada, in the form of The Canadian Disability Tax Credit (DTC). This disability tax refund is designed to balance tax equity, alleviating the financial and emotional costs associated with quadriplegia or other disabilities.
How can the NBA help me?
The National Benefit Authority is Canada’s largest service provider for the DTC. Having helped over 40,000 Canadians recover their disability tax credits, we do all the diligent research and paperwork required for a successful claim.
We can help determine your Disability Tax Credit eligibility, assist with your Disability Tax Certificate (or the T2201 form) and other required disability tax forms, and communicate with the Canada Revenue Agency on your behalf.
Whether you’re submitting a claim for the first time, or you’re looking to recover Disability Tax Credit retroactive funds, our team is committed in retrieving every dollar of your quadriplegia disability!