Stay up to date on the latest news in social security disability law.
Can You Get Disability Benefits After Getting Hurt in a Fall?
If you suffer an injury in a fall, you may become unable to work due to impairments caused by that injury. If you cannot work, you could potentially be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if your fall-related injuries will make you eligible for benefits or not. You should call an attorney as soon as you can following your fall to find out whether SSD benefits could be an option and to get help applying for benefits.
When Can You Get Disability Benefits After Getting Hurt in a Fall?
Social Security Disability benefits are available only in situations where you have some type of disabling injuries (or illness) that will last for no less than one year (or that will be fatal). This means if you suffer injuries in your fall but will recover from them before a year, you won't be eligible for benefits.
Your injuries also have to stop you from working and be severe enough that you cannot do any job for which you would be qualified. The Social Security Administration has a list of conditions, along with required accompanying symptoms, that are usually considered to cause sufficient impairment that benefits should be approved. If your fall-injuries aren't on the SSA's list, you have to prove medical equivalency by showing the injuries are just as severe and impairing.
If you can prove all of this, you should be able to get SSD benefits after a fall, regardless of how the fall happened or who was at fault for it. Contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney to find out how you can make a claim for benefits and to get help submitting your application to the SSA.