Qualifying For Disability After Injuries From A Car Accident

Qualifying For Disability After Injuries From A Car Accident

When you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in which you were injured, there is a possibility that you could obtain Social Security and Disability Insurance (SSDI) to assist you with your expenses. It can be difficult to determine if you are eligible, which is why talking with a Phoenix motor vehicle accident attorney is important in determining if you qualify.   

Requirements for Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines the requirements necessary for an injured individual to obtain disability, which include:

  • Severe injuries that limit your ability to perform the most basic tasks, including sitting or walking
    • Even memory issues can qualify
  • Injuries that have a long-term impact on your ability to work; those which preclude you from working for at least 12 months
    • Additionally, death may be a justification for SSDI
  • An injury that is found on SSA’s established list
  • You must prove that the injuries sustained make working in your previous job impossible as well as finding any type of other employment
    • The Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is a determination of any type of work you would be able to perform and it is up to the SSA to make this determination. The type of work looked at will include simple jobs, such as unskilled labor.

Other considerations to take into account include your past work experience. Every time you work and are paid, you earn Social Security work credits. You must have accumulated enough of these credits through previous employment to be eligible for benefits. The amount that is generally required is about 40, with 20 earned in the previous 10 years prior to your accident. The exceptions for this amount are workers that are younger in age and have not had the time to build up credits.

Injuries That May Be Eligible

The following is a list of injuries that have a higher probability of coverage through the SSA.

  • Whiplash, with supporting medical evidence of neck and spinal injuries through an MRI
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns
  • Back damages, such as nerve root compression, lumbar spinal stenosis, and spinal cord damages
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding, where multiple blood transfusions are required
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Emotional and psychological distress, such as anxiety and depression
  • Multiple injuries throughout the body which limit your physical abilities

Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers

Qualifying For Disability After Injuries From A Car AccidentThe expenses and trauma that can result from a serious car accident can all add up; monetarily, physically, and psychologically. The compassionate attorneys at ELG ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS understand the challenges victims in Arizona face. Our team will fight for your legal justice and help you see your full compensation from the damages that you have had to endure as a result of your accident.  

Let us take the legal burden of obtaining compensation off of your plate so all you have to do is focus on recovery. Our Arizona automobile accident injury attorneys are here to discuss your experience with you and provide you the resources and guidance you need to come out successfully with your personal injury claim. Don’t allow the statute of limitations to stop you from seeing your full compensation. Call our Phoenix or Mesa Arizona law offices today at 623-562-3838.