If you’ve been involved in a serious accident, then it’s likely that you’ve suffered major injuries that will limit your quality of life and your ability to support your family. After experiencing a major injury that has affected your ability to work, you may find yourself in a very precarious financial situation that leaves you wondering how you’re going to move on with your life.
Fortunately, it is for these situations that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was invented. Here is some important information about accident injuries that are eligible for disability benefits, as well as advice for hiring a local SSDI lawyer.
Accident Injuries Involving Your Limbs
The most common forms of injury after a serious accident are broken bones in your limbs. Whether you’ve broken your leg, your arm, your wrist or multiple bones, you may be eligible for disability benefits if your injuries meet certain criteria.
To receive SSDI benefits for a broken leg, you will need to be able to demonstrate that either your injury is not healing or that you will experience severe mobility impairments for at least 12 months.
For a broken bone in your arm or wrist, you will need to show that you have a non-healing fracture, require continuing medical treatment or will be unable to use your arm for up to a year.
Other serious accident injuries can affect your back, such as damage to your spine. If you’ve suffered one of these major injuries, it can massively influence your mobility and your ability to work. Qualifying for disability benefits for a back injury like severe vertebrate damage requires meeting specific Social Security requirements for these sorts of injuries.
The back conditions that are eligible for SSDI can include lumbar spinal stenosis that limits mobility, verifiable spinal arachnoiditis or nerve compression that causes muscle weakness and limited spine movement. To receive your benefits, all of these conditions would need to be verified with a pathology report, an MRI or an X-Ray.
Damage to Your Soft Tissue
Major accidents can also cause damage to your body’s soft tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, and nerves. When applying for disability benefits based on soft tissue damage, you will need to prove that the injured part of your body will be affected for at least 12 months or that you must undergo long-term medical treatment to correct the condition.
Depending on the area of the body injured, you also might be required to prove that your mobility has been limited in two or more limbs or that you need treatments like blood transfusions.
Dealing with Anxiety
It is common for accident injuries to be accompanied by mental effects, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you suffer either of these mental afflictions after a traumatic accident, you may be able to receive benefits. However, the proof requirements are different than with physical injury, which means you should consult an SSDI lawyer for assistance.
Retain an SSDI Lawyer
To make sure that you get the benefits you need to support you after you’ve suffered accident injuries, you need to work with an SSDI lawyer from the Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour.
We’ve been helping disabled individuals in the Greater Los Angeles area, the Inland Empire, and Orange County get the disability benefits they need for years. Call Dr. Bill LaTour and his team today at 800-803-5090 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.