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Can You Get SSD or SSI Disability Benefits If you are Injured In An Accident?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Individuals who are injured in accidents most often suffer severe acute injuries that may or may not result in a state of permanent disability. Social Security is not a short-term disability program, nor is it a percentage of disability program like VA disability.
Social Security defines disability as any disabling impairment that prevents an individual from performing substantial work for at least twelve months. Many individuals injured in accidents sustain severe, even life threatening injuries that medically improve within twelve months. For this reason, disability claims that involve injuries sustained in an accident are routinely denied with a durational denial. This simply means, that Social Security feels the disability claimantís medical condition will improve to a level that is not considered disabling in less than twelve months.
Often, individuals sustain fractures, muscle or tendon injuries, sprains, cuts, contusions, etc. These injuries will most likely resolve in less than twelve months in most cases. While some people injured in accidents have a hard time getting disability, there are other accident victims who sustain injuries that are so traumatic they leave no doubt that they will never medically improve to a point of not being disabled.
For example, if a personís injuries cause them to be bound to a wheel chair, statutory blindness, vegetative state, extended coma, loss of multiple limbs, or any number of severe traumatic injuries, they most likely will be approved for SSDI or SSI disability on their initial disability claim.
Just because your initial disability claim is denied for duration considerations, it does not mean that you will never be approved for Social Security disability (SSDI) or SSI based upon injuries you have received as a result of an accident. Severe fractures of ankles, legs, or even arms do not always heal in twelve months and often cause functional limitations for a lifetime. If your injury has not healed and your disability claim has been denied, you should file an appeal of your denial. It can be difficult to get disability based upon injuries you sustained in an accident but not impossible.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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