How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

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 claimant’s 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 person’s 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.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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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?
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If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
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If you apply for disability in Minnesota

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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