When you are injured in a workplace accident, many of us rely on workers’ compensation to pay the bills. But what if your injury is so severe, you’re unable to return to work. What can you do?
In a situation such as this, you have the right to file for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). But the process can be complex and difficult to navigate. As long as you have the right attorney by your side, the process wouldn’t be as confusing.
For decades, the Pennsylvania Social Security disability lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping thousands of clients with their SSDI claims. We understand the process and what needs to take place in order to achieve a successful outcome. We will carefully and quickly guide you through the claim process and, if needed, help you with your appeal if your claim is denied.
How Do I Know if I Qualify for Social Security?
When you claim Social Security disability, you need to understand that you will only be paid for a total disability, not partial or short-term disability. Since the number of working-age adults applying for disability has increased dramatically throughout the years, it’s important that you meet all criteria so your claim is approved the first time around.
To be considered total disabled, you need to meet the following conditions:
- You are unable to do the work that you were doing prior to your injury
- You are unable to adjust to another type of work because of your current medical condition
- Your disability is expected to last for a minimum of one year or result in death
Here is a scenario of how you would qualify for social security disability benefits:
Let’s say you’re a delivery driver and you get into a severe car accident. The accident has left you with a traumatic brain injury and your short-term memory has been severely impacted. Because of your injury, you are unable to drive. And since cannot learn new skills, you may be unable to perform another job. Since this is a long-term disability, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.