Bucks County Attorney for Disability Following a Car Accident
Car accidents can have a brutal impact on your life. In addition to devastating physical injuries, the financial impact can threaten the security of your family. Medical expenses add up quickly, and if you cannot work due to your injuries, you will need an alternate source of income.
If you become disabled following a car accident, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance. However, the complex process of applying for disability payments requires a large amount of personal information, paperwork, and strict compliance. Hiring our attorneys can simplify the process and allow you to focus on healing from your injuries.
The Bucks County attorneys for disability following a car accident at Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates have helped many car accident victims through the disability application process. They can handle any issues that may arise in your case. Let us help; call (215) 515-2954 today for a free discussion.
Social Security Disability Insurance in Bucks County for Car Accident Victims
SSDI is a federal insurance program that is funded through payroll taxes. It provides monthly benefits to individuals with medical disability that prevents them from working.
If you have suffered a severe injury in a car accident that prevents you from working, disability payments may be an option in addition to car insurance benefits and a car accident lawsuit. A qualified disability must preclude you from doing any substantial work and either last or be expected to last for at least a year.
Many car accidents result in injuries that could allow a person to qualify for SSDI. The following are examples of injuries that you can experience in a car accident that could impact your working ability for at least a year:
- Severe bone fractures
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- A back injury that causes paralysis
If you are unsure whether your injury would be considered a disability eligible for SSDI, speaking with our disability attorneys can clarify where you stand.
Qualifying for Disability Payments in Bucks County After A Car Accident
To qualify to receive SSDI after a car accident, you must meet several criteria. First, you must be an insured worker. SSDI is available to employees who have paid social security taxes for an adequate time. Your benefits could be affected if you have not paid into social security or have only worked for a short time.
Second, your medical condition caused by a car accident must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. As mentioned, the disability must be diagnosed by a medical provider and stop you from doing “substantial gainful activity” for at least a year. You can also satisfy this definition if your disability is expected to result in death.
“Substantial gainful activity” refers to work that pays above monthly compensation limits. In essence, if you are disabled but can still work and earn adequate income, you will not be eligible for SSDI. The monthly compensation limits are defined annually and differ for blind and non-blind applicants.
Finally, there is a deadline to heed. You must apply for disability within five years of becoming disabled. Once you determine that you qualify for SSDI after a car accident, then you can begin the arduous process of applying for the benefits.
Information Required for a Bucks County Social Security Disability Application Following a Car Accident
Once you have determined that you qualify for SSDI following a car accident, you must complete an application. An application can be submitted online, over the phone, or in person at a Social Security Office. Be warned, a large amount of information is required for the government to evaluate whether you should receive benefits. Any deficiency in information can cause a delay in your benefits and potentially a denial.
To prepare for the application, the Social Security Administration has a checklist available online that should be reviewed. This lists the information you will need to provide. Our disability attorneys can help you collect the necessary information and help ensure you have everything needed.
A wide variety of personal information is required in an SSDI application for an injury from a car accident. You will need personally identifying information such as your name, date of birth, social security number, and permanent resident number (if applicable). You will also be asked to provide information regarding any marriages or divorces you have had and your current spouse (if married). The names and birthdays of dependent children, military service history, employment details, and direct deposit information are also required.
Information about your medical condition resulting from a car accident is crucial to evaluate if you should receive SSDI. To facilitate this evaluation, you will be asked to provide the details of all doctors, medical providers, hospitals, and treatment centers that you have received treatment from or at. Details include the names, addresses, and contact information of providers, dates of admission, the dates and results of testing, dates of treatment, lists of medicines prescribed, and the reasons that are taken, among other facts.
In summary, you must provide a complete account of your medical condition and what has been done to treat it. If your injury has required substantial treatment and consultation with multiple providers, collecting this information can be time-consuming, and the cost of missing a detail may be a denial of your claim. If your claim is denied and you are also filing an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit, the denial could cause difficulties. Our disability attorneys can help if this situation occurs.
Job History and Professional Information
You will also be asked to provide information on the types of jobs you held before you were disabled, the types of duties you completed, your education history, and any training that you completed for your profession.
These three categories encompass a huge amount of information the government requires in your SSDI application following a car accident. Gathering everything and ensuring the application is complete can easily become overwhelming. Our attorneys have filed many applications and know what to expect and how to manage the process.
Let Our Disability Attorneys Ease Your Application Process
The Bucks County disability lawyers at Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates can take the burden of the complex Social Security Disability Insurance process off your shoulders and use our experience to help you gain approval. Call (215) 515-2954 today for a free case review.