An unexpected, serious injury can disrupt your life in a number of ways. If you’ve suffered a major injury and are suddenly unable to work, you may be struggling with the dilemma of how to make ends meet. If you have a qualifying injury that is truly disabling, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits from the federal government, depending on your limitations and your work history.

If you have not paid into Social Security for long enough, you may be eligible to collect Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits instead. Both programs are designed to help injured people who cannot work cover rent or mortgage, medical costs, food, and other costs of living.

Qualifying Injuries

The Social Security Administration recognizes several types of injuries on their list of qualifying disabilities. The following three injuries are some of the most common and severe types that are regularly approved by the Administration.

  • Limb amputation – A person may be considered permanently, totally disabled if they have lost an arm or leg to disease or injury.
  • Spinal injury — There are many different types of spinal injuries that result in paralysis and qualify a patient for disability benefits.
  • Traumatic brain injury — Brain damage due to physical impact can limit a person’s physical and mental capabilities and prevent them from performing daily tasks, including job duties.
  • Other — From total hip replacement to burn injuries, the Social Security Administration will consider any injury that creates severe limitations and prevents an individual from working.

Proving Your Injury Disability

Applying for SSD is a task that should not be taken lightly. This is the first time the Social Security Administration will look at your case, and you’ve got a golden opportunity to convince them of the serious nature of your injury through excellent wording. Proving your injury disability also entails providing thorough documentation of how your injury occurred and feedback from your physicians regarding the extent of damage, as well as your prognosis.

How an SSD Lawyer Can Help

Many applicants choose to hire a skilled SSD lawyer to guide their injury claim from the beginning. An attorney with years of experienced knows what the Administration looks for when reviewing applications, and what elements could hurt or help your chances. Whether you have applied already and are now hoping to appeal a denial, or you’re applying for the first time, having an attorney to represent your injury claim can give you the best shot at getting the substantial benefits you deserve.

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