If I am hurt in a car accident, can I get disability benefits?

Many people in Tallahassee might not want to think about the fact that there is always a chance that the car trip they are about to take, even if it is a short commute to work, can end with a debilitating injury.

There are many different types of injuries a person can suffer in connection with a car accident. In the most serious accidents, a victim may suffer from a traumatic brain injury due to a blow to the head. The back is also particularly vulnerable to injury during a car accident, and many people wind up paralyzed after a wreck because of a spinal cord injury.

Other injuries, such as a herniated disk or broken bones, are also fairly common after a significant car accident. If someone absorbs a blow to the abdomen, he or she may suffer injuries to his organs or may experience dangerous internal bleeding. Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, are also common injuries.

One always hopes that an accident victim will make a full recovery after an accident and just need some time off work and proper medical treatment in order to do so. However, for many people, a serious car accident forces them out of the workplace.

Fortunately, many of these common types of injuries can qualify a person for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, provided of course that no recovery is possible and the victim meets the eligibility criteria.

A person can get Social Security Disability benefits even if it turns out the car accident was his or her own fault. On the other hand, even if the person is also expecting to receive an insurance payment because of the car accident, he or she still may be eligible for benefits because, as this blog has explained previously, some forms of disability, specifically SSDI, do not include income and asset requirements.


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