Wheelchair-Bound, But Social Security Says She's Not Disabled

RENO, NV - A Silver Springs woman says she's still wheelchair bound nearly a year after she was injured in a car accident, but according to the Social Security Administration she's not disabled.

There's little dispute about the injuries Tiffany Angulo suffered in a grinding head on collision on US95 Alternate last October. The scars on her leg only begin to tell an horrific story.

"I had 8 surgeries on my legs," Angulo says. "My foot was ripped off and had to be reattached. My knee was shattered, snapped in half and came out of the skin. I had a broken pelvis, five broken ribs, bleeding in my stomach, bleeding in my brain."

Before the accident Angulo worked as a cashier, the main support for her three children.

Since then she's been unable to work. She says she can walk briefly using a walker, but even sitting she has to raise her feet after a few minutes to reduce the swelling. The ankle that was ripped in the accident looks angry, possibly once again infected.

She says she'd like to go back to work, but without being able to stand or walk about, she may have to be retrained for a job that would allow her to stay seated.

In the meantime the only money coming in is child support.

The Social Security Administration initially granted her presumptive disability support, but three weeks ago the checks stopped.

"I thought it would keep going, but, they said I wasn't disabled."

Angulo went to the Reno office of the Social Security Administration Thursday to file an appeal.

The people there could not discuss her case with us, but referred us instead to a public affairs officer in the Bay Area. We're still waiting to hear back from them.

In the meantime Tiffany Angulo is getting behind in her mortgage payments. Running out of money and time.

"I can't pay my rent. I've got three kids and I have no place to go."

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