You May Be Entitled to Social Security Disability after a Car Accident

After you have been involved in a car accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries from the other motorist or her insurance provider. However, after you have been injured, you are also entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, if you're not sure if you'll qualify, it's important to speak with a Social Security lawyer.

How Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability?

To qualify for SSDI, you must have worked in a profession that is covered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). You must also have a condition that would leave you qualified under the SSA as being disabled. You must also be unable to work for a year or more after your disability. 

The SSA has a list of qualifying conditions for which you could be considered disabled. However, you may be considered disabled even if you do not meet one of these conditions because the SSA will also consider other conditions, especially when they are similar to qualifying conditions. You must also not be engaging in substantial gainful activity that earns more than a set amount or you will be considered to be earning too much to qualify for SSDI. You must be unable to perform the type of work that you performed before the accident.

What Steps Should You Take?

After the accident, you should quickly see a doctor so you can be examined and receive necessary medical treatments. Without seeing a doctor, you may risk making your injuries more severe. Also, by being diagnosed with a specific medical condition, you will have an easier time qualifying for SSDI. 

Speak with a Social Security lawyer as soon as possible. The majority of applications for SSDI are denied the first time. However, this is often because you did not provide the SSA with enough information. 

One of the most common types of injuries you might suffer after a car accident is a musculoskeletal disorder. This type of disorder will prevent you from performing motor skill movements and this can make it more difficult to perform work responsibilities.

Another common type of injury is a neurological disorder as a result of a head injury. This can lead to a loss of basic brain functions such as hearing and vision. If you are unable to return to work, contact services such as Todd East Attorney at Law to learn how to handle your case.