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April 4, 2022

Car accidents can lead to a variety of injuries — some are life-altering. After a crash, you may be able to pursue damages through a personal injury claim. However, if you have long-term injuries that will keep you from working and earning a living for at least 12 months, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. This post outlines eligibility for disability benefits following an auto crash. 

​​Social Security Disability Lawyer in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

How Can Car Crash Injuries Qualify For Disability Benefits?

Regardless of how you suffered injuries, such as a car crash or a slip and fall accident, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Whether you qualify depends on if your injury meets the criteria of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are the requirements of qualifying for disability benefits per the SSA:

  • You have severe mental or physical impairments that has lasted or that is expected to last at least 12 months AND
  • You are not able to earn more than the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limits, which as of 2022 is $2,260 per month for blind individuals and $1,350 per month for non-blind individuals. 
  • You are unable to perform the work that you did in the past AND
  • You are unable to do or unable to be trained to do less demanding work

You will need to provide supporting medical evidence and other documentation that will backup your claim. There are many car accident injuries that can lead to disabilities. Ask your physician if he or she thinks your injuries may qualify for disability benefits after a car accident. 

What Car Crash Injuries Can Lead To Disability Benefits

There are various disabilities that can result from a car accident. Among the more common injuries that are caused by car crashes include:

  • Amputated limbs
  • Spinal injuries 
  • Joint injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns

If you are unable to perform motor skill movements regularly and normally after a car crash, you may have a qualifying condition. You may also qualify for disability benefits if you have other injuries or impairments that have been caused by a car accident, such as speech impairments caused by a brain injury, vision and hearing loss caused by a brain injury, or neurological disorders caused by nerve damage or a spinal injury.

Getting Legal Help

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident that have left you unable to work and earn a living, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., has helped thousands of disabled workers throughout the area through the disability claims process. If a car accident has left you with long-term injuries or disabilities that keep you from returning to work, call to schedule a case evaluation. The details of your claim will be reviewed, and we will determine the best way to proceed with a Social Security Disability claim because of the injuries you suffered in a car crash. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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