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You were injured, but are you disabled?

| Jul 6, 2021 | Social Security Disability

It’s normal to need some time off work to recover after suffering accident injuries. Workers’ compensation is often necessary to pay for medical expenses and cover lost income after incidents on the job. However, no matter how or where injuries occur, they can affect your ability to work.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), 20-year-old workers have a 25% chance of becoming disabled before full retirement – 67-years-old, for those born during or after 1960. Learning about the medical information that could come into question can help you determine whether you should apply for benefits.

Medical information that supports a claim

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a Federal program with strict qualification guidelines. If you can’t work due to a medical condition that’s likely to last at least one year, or potentially claim your life, you might be able to receive benefits.

Decisions include factors such as work history, current income and application details. The New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance can request further information about your medical condition to determine whether you are disabled.

Clinics, hospitals, institutions and doctors may need to provide more details about your:

  • Diagnosis
  • Onset date
  • Completed tests
  • Received treatments
  • Related limitations

Also, if officials need more information to make a decision about your case, you might need to have another examination.

You can file an appeal if you disagree with a denied request. Claiming government benefits isn’t always easy, but you have the right to protect your financial interests.