Social Security disability benefits are available to people who cannot work and who need income to support themselves because of it. These benefits aren't only available to people who suffer an illness that leaves them disabled, such as cancer or kidney failure. Benefits may be available to people who are injured as well.
Whether you'll be able to get benefits after an injury or not will depend upon whether you can meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled. A Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney can help you to determine if you should be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on your condition and can assist you in applying for benefits.
Getting Social Security Disability After a Work Injury
Your ability to get Social Security Disability benefits after a work injury will vary depending upon whether the injury caused long-term impairment. Benefits through the Social Security Administration are available only for long-term conditions, which is defined as a condition that will last at least a year or that's likely to result in death.
If your injury only causes you to be impaired for the short-term, workers' compensation disability benefits if the injury was work related or state short-term disability benefits may be your only options for getting disability income through a benefits program.
Your injury must also cause you to be so disabled you cannot do any job for which you are qualified. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide assistance in determining if you meet the criteria and can help you to prove to the Social Security Administration that your disabling condition should qualify you for benefits. Contact an attorney today to get help.