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Can I pursue disability benefits after a disabling car crash?

A car crash is always an unexpected event. If it renders one of the victims permanently disabled, it's even more unexpected. In some of these situations -- and depending on the nature and extent of the disability -- the problem could be a lifelong condition that prevents the injured party from working. In cases like this, you might be able to receive government benefits by pursuing a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim.

A history of the Social Security Disability program

The Social Security Administration is a vital aid to people with mental and physical disabilities. These individuals, if they are unable to have jobs and earn incomes, may be able to receive benefits to help them pay for their living expenses. In order to qualify for these benefits, however, applicants need to have worked and paid into the Social Security system an adequate number of years.

Why does Social Security want to know about my work history?

Through the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits, applicants will be required to complete various forms to the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are forms that ask for information about medical treatment and providers. The SSA wants this information in order to determine if the applicant is receiving treatment for disabling conditions and to obtain records from these facilities. The SSA will also ask applicants to complete a form that asks a series of questions about their symptoms and the manner in which their disability(ies) interfere with daily life. This form is intended to allow the applicant to describe in their own words the impact of their disability. Additionally, the Social Security Administration will ask you to complete a questionnaire regarding your work history.

Digestive System Disorders and Disability

The United States Code of Federal Regulations contains an enumeration of disabling conditions and the clinical criteria that must be demonstrated for each condition. Satisfying these criteria should amount in an award of disability benefits. These impairments are known more colloquially in disability law circles as the "listed impairments".

What are Social Security Disability work credits?

To qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD), workers need to have earned what are called "work credits." These are proof that you have worked a sufficient amount and paid a sufficient amount into the Social Security system to receive disability benefits under the law. Work credits are awarded at a maximum of four per year.

What's the 'date of onset' for my disability?

The onset date of your disability is important for determining how much you can receive in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. That's because, once you qualify for benefits, you can receive "back pay" for benefits that you didn't receive when you first became disabled.

What if I have never worked?

At minimum, applicants for disability benefits must demonstrate that they are unable to perform the work they performed in the last 15 years that was performed at the "substantial gainful activity" level. But what if someone has not performed any work at the substantial gainful activity level (currently $1180 per month for non-blind individuals) within the last 15 years? Can such an individual still receive disability benefits?

What info do I need to apply for Social Security disability?

No one in the world has ever said that having a disability makes life easier. In fact, many individuals in the United States are suffering from permanent disabilities that prevent them from working and earning an income for themselves. Fortunately, these individuals may find a ray of hope in the federal government's Social Security Disability benefits program -- if they can qualify for benefits, that is.

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