FAQ about Social Security Disability Benefits After a Car Accident

November 6, 2015
Dayes Law Firm

If your injuries following an auto accident have left you disabled, you may be wondering whether you can receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You might have suffered from a fracture, experienced psychological stress or even been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding car accidents and disability benefits.

Can I receive disability benefits after a car accident for whiplash?

Maybe, although it may not be the easiest task to accomplish. In order to qualify for disability benefits, your whiplash diagnosis will typically need to reveal a spinal cord or neck injury that can be seen on an MRI. Additionally, your whiplash pain and limited mobility must be anticipated to last for a minimum of 12 months.

Can I get Social Security Disability benefits for a short term injury?

If you have received a prognosis that is only expected to last for less than a year, you will not qualify to receive benefits. Your disability must be anticipated to last at least a year or more. Double check with your state’s employment department and ask if they offer short term benefits.

Can I qualify for disability benefits if I do not have injuries that you can see?

It is possible, depending on the injury. Traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, may not be visible, yet can affect a persons ability to work and think. You could suffer from severe anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder after your accident. See a doctor to confirm any diagnosis and speak to a disability attorney when in doubt.

Can I receive disability benefits if I have broken bones from an accident?

Maybe, but it depends on what bones broke and how it has affected your day-to-day life. If you broke your leg and cannot walk well, you may qualify. However, your broken bones must prevent you from performing any kind of work in order to qualify for benefits.

The above questions are just some concerns you may have regarding Social Security Disability benefits. If you if you have applied for disability benefits and been denied, speak to a Phoenix Social Security disability lawyer at the law offices of Dayes Law Firm PC for help appealing the decision.

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