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Can I Receive Social Security Benefits After My Car Accident?

Posted on behalf of Schmidt Kramer on Dec 07, 2015 in Social Security Disability

whiplash after car accidentIf you have suffered injuries as a result of an auto accident, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

SSDI is a federally funded program offered by the Social Security Administration that provides supplemental income to people who are physically or mentally unable to work.

If injuries from a car accident have prevented you from working, an experienced SSDI lawyer can help determine if you are eligible to receive benefits.

But before meeting with an attorney, you may have questions pertaining to your injury or disability status. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions regarding eligibility for SSDI.

What types of injuries are generally covered by disability benefits?

Receiving disability benefits after a car accident is dependent upon on the type of injury sustained, as well as how long the injury has interfered with your ability to work.

In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must also provide the Social Security Administration with appropriate medical documentation that shows you are unable to perform the duties required for your job.

The documentation must also show your inability to work is a direct result of the injury you sustained in the car accident. 

What are some common injuries from a car accident that may be considered disabling?

  • Broken bones. If you have a broken bone and are no longer able to function in your job, you may be eligible for SSDI.
  • Burns. If you have been burned in an auto accident, and the burns cause an inability to move or function, you may be considered disabled.
  • Whiplash. If you have experienced whiplash from your car accident, and your neck and/or spinal injuries are visible on an MRI, you may be able to receive SSDI.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury. Traumatic Brain Injuries that prevent you from completing tasks related to work may qualify you for disability benefits.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) If you have PTSD and have a proper diagnosis from a psychiatrist, you may be eligible for SSDI.
  • Multiple Injuries. If you have a combination of injuries that significantly impair your ability to work, SSDI may be an option for you.

How long must an injury interfere with your ability to work before you qualify for disability benefits?

The severity of your injury is not the only deciding factor when it comes to determining your SSDI eligibility.

Social Security Benefits are for victims whose injuries causes significant inability to work or function for a period of 12 months or longer.

If you’ve sustained a debilitating injury from a car accident, the Pennsylvania Social Security Disability attorneys at Schmidt Kramer can help you receive the Social Security benefits you deserve. 

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