Columbia Social Security disability benefits lawyers are here to answer your questions.
Car accident victims often do not realize that they could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. People with impairments are often hesitant to file for disability benefits because they do not understand the eligibility requirements and assume that they will not meet them. This is why it may be important to contact Columbia Social Security disability benefits lawyers so that you do not lose out on benefits that may be payable to you. Here are a few things that you should know about Social Security Disability benefits.
To become eligible for Social Security disability benefits a person must have a mental or physical condition which prevents substantial work for at least one year. Injuries in a car accident have the potential to be so traumatic that an individual could lose his or her ability to continue in the workforce. Having a lawyer on your side during such a life-changing event will help to ensure that your disability claim is filed timely and accurately.
If one suffers a totally disabling injury in a car accident, he or she must have worked and earned a certain number of earnings credits to become entitled to disability benefits. For those who fail to meet the earnings requirement, disability benefits may be payable through a federal needs-based program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Benefits for Dependents
Once the injured is awarded Social Security disability benefits (not SSI), his or her children may also become entitled to benefits. This applies to children under the age of 18, children in high school who are 18-19 years of age, and disabled adult children (dependent adult child disabled before age 22). The spouse of the injured could also receive dependent’s benefits. So, filing a claim for disability benefits may ensure the financial viability of your whole family unit.
Suffering traumatic injuries in a car accident is taxing emotionally and mentally. In addition, the healing and rehabilitation process will likely keep the injured busy with medical and therapy appointments. Having legal representation to assist with your disability claim will ensure that all necessary paperwork is submitted to the Social Security Administration and appeals are filed timely in the event that your disability claim is initially denied.
Contact our Columbia Social Security disability benefits lawyers today!
Car accident victims should pursue any litigation that is necessary with the insurance company of the party who caused the accident, but should also consider the possibility of becoming eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If you or a loved one has suffered life-altering injuries in a car accident, contact us at Harris & Graves so that we can assess your case to determine if it is in your interest to file for Social Security disability benefits.