Can You Apply For Disability After A Car Accident?

Can You Apply For Disability After A Car Accident?

February 26, 2018 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
Can You Apply For Disability After A Car Accident?

While many car accidents result in minor injuries, some accident-related injuries can have a lasting impact on your life. If your injury prevents you from working and is expected to last for a significant amount of time, you may consider pursuing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to cover your medical expenses, lost earnings and other expenses caused by the accident. If you were injured in a car accident and need to apply for disability benefits, a Columbus Social Security Disability lawyer from O’Connor Acciani & Levy may be able to help. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims recover all compensation they are owed.

Car Accident Injuries That May Qualify For Ssdi

There are a wide range of injuries from a car accident that may qualify for Social Security Disability:
  • Burns – If you suffer burns on your arms, legs, torso, head or face that impair functional use of a body part, you may qualify for benefits.
  • Back injuries – Car accidents can cause new back injuries or worsening of preexisting back problems. Some back injuries that may qualify for benefits include compression of a nerve root, spinal cord injuries or lumbar spinal stenosis.
  • Soft tissue injuries – Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are common in car accidents because of the sudden jolting of the neck during impact.
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding – If you had serious bleeding of the stomach, intestines or esophagus that resulted in the need for multiple blood transfusions, you may qualify for disability benefits.
  • Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries that prevent you from focusing on your work, completing your tasks or working with others may qualify you for benefits.
  • Anxiety – Some mental health issues may arise or become worse because of a car accident, such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

Requirements For Getting Disability

Your injury must satisfy the Social Security Administration (SSA) criteria for a disability to be eligible for benefits. This means you must have a long-term disability that impairs your ability to work for one year or longer. Short-term injuries are unlikely to qualify for benefits. You will need written documentation of your diagnosis and its severity from a licensed medical professional to have a chance of obtaining benefits. This documentation should also establish that your injury prevents you from working. You should try to obtain documentation from your treating doctor because his opinion often carries significant weight with the SSA.

Get Help With Your Disability Claim

If you applied for SSDI and were denied, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced SSDI lawyer. The attorneys at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy offer a 100 percent free consultation to determine if we can help you appeal your claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid for our services if you are awarded benefits.