Social Security Disability And Automobile Accidents

Aug 01, 2011 Comments Off on Social Security Disability And Automobile Accidents by

It is not unusual for a person to become disabled as a result of an automobile accident. It is certainly possible to get Social Security disability as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The important thing you need to know if you have become disabled as a result of an automobile accident is that your disability has to have lasted or be expected to last for at least a year. That knocks out most people who have been injured in an automobile accident because their injuries are unlikely to keep them out of work for a year or more.

Notice that I said that the disability has to “have lasted or be expected to last for at least a year.” That’s the way the law is written.  You don’t have to wait a year to file your claim with Social Security. You don’t have to be sure that your disability will last a year to file a Social Security disability claim. You should file a disability claim as soon as it is apparent that your disability may last a year. There’s no penalty if you file the claim and it turns out that you recover in less than a year. You simply drop your claim. No big deal. However, if you wait to file your claim, you are penalized because it takes so long to be approved for Social Security disability. The earlier you start your claim, the better.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.