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What sort of injuries qualify for Social Security Disability?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | Social Security Disability

Those who are born with a disabling physical or mental condition often have a better chance of getting approval for their Social Security Disability claim. This is because they have a long and detailed record of their condition and its treatment strategies. Such a well-documented history makes proving a disability easier.

Unfortunately, it can be more difficult to get approval for Social Security Disability benefits for injuries occurring at some point in the applicant’s life. Having a less detailed medical and work record means that the applicant may struggle to prove that the injury led to a significant reduction in his or her ability to work.

Many Fayetteville, Georgia, residents want to know what kinds of injuries make them eligible for Social Security Disability. However, it is not so much about the injury itself as it is about the results of the injury. In other words, nearly any injury can qualify you for benefits if it leads to a disabling condition that impacts your ability to work for at least 12 months.

For example, if you fall and break your leg, you likely will not be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits for injuries because a broken leg typically heals within a few months. Now, say that you fall at work and your leg gets caught in a piece of machinery. If your injury is so severe that it leads to an amputation, you may qualify for benefits because it is likely that you will suffer a lasting disability. If the disability lasts for at least 12 months, your claim may be approved.

It is important to note that you will still have to demonstrate how your condition disabled you through documentation and other evidence. In most cases, those seeking Social Security Disability benefits for injuries have better success at approval by seeking guidance from an experienced lawyer.


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