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Can You Get SSD or SSI Disability Benefits If you are Injured In An Accident?

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.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How Old Do You Have To Be For Social Security Disability - Is There An Age Requirement?
Can You Get SSD or SSI Disability Benefits If you are Injured In An Accident?
Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
Will Work Cause You To Lose Your Disability Benefits?
How Long Can You Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
If you get Social Security disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?
If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
If I Move To A State Where There Is A Lower Cost Of Living, Would My SSD Benefits Decrease?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria