Disability Benefits After a Car Accident
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you may not be able to work and make a living, either temporarily or permanently. Without a paycheck, your bills can quickly pile up, you may not be able to pay rent or mortgage, or be able to put food on the table.
Severely injured car accident victims may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, although you may be eligible for these benefits, it is important to note that you will not automatically qualify for them. Some states, including California, offer short-term disability programs that offer cash benefits to accident victims.
Requirements To Qualify for Disability Benefits
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be able to show that you have a disability that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. In order to be deemed disabled, you must satisfy the following requirements set by the Social Security Administration (SSA):
– You have a severe disability (physical, mental or both) that has been ongoing or is expected to last for at least 12 months;
– You cannot gain any Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) that pays more than a certain amount established by the SSA guidelines
– You are not able to do work you could do before the accident; AND
– You are not able to do or get trained to do any other work that is less demanding
Specific Conditions For Qualifying for Disability Benefits
If you are able to prove that you have been disabled for 12 months or more and met all of the requirements listed above, you will still need to meet some additional specific conditions to qualify for disability benefits. Some specific conditions are listed below:
-Fractured or broken bones: If you fractured or broke a bone in your arm or leg that has not healed or you have not regained function despite surgery, leaving you unable to walk or do any type of work, you may qualify for disability benefits.
-Amputation of limbs: If one or more of your limbs was amputated as a result of the car accident and you are disabled for life, you may qualify for benefits. However, if you are able to work with artificial limbs, you may no longer qualify to get benefits.
-Spinal cord/back injuries: If you have suffered a spinal cord or back injury that has left you unable to do any work despite treatment and surgery, you may qualify for disability benefits.
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