Salt Lake City Car Accident Disability Lawyer
Car crashes can result in any number of injuries, some of which can be quite severe—even permanent. When an accident injury becomes a disability, it can irrevocably change your life.
Some of these changes take the form of additional expenses, while others may be limitations that prevent you from enjoying the same activities you used to. They may even necessitate changing careers, or prevent you from working at all.
Injuries that can result in disabilities, whether short- or long-term, include a number of common car accident injuries:
- Hip and knee injuries
- Back and spinal injuries—including paralysis
- Brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries and organ damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological damage
- And many more
A Salt Lake City car accident disability lawyer can help people who have been in car accidents and sustained injuries that resulted in some form of disability. If someone else was responsible for your accident, that person could owe you financial compensation.
Inability to Work After a Car Accident
Car accident injuries may result in an inability to return to work for either physical or psychological reasons. Anytime you are unable to work due to an injury, your lost wages should be factored into your settlement.
Certain disabilities may also require long-term care and may qualify you for disability through Social Security. Disability benefits are available for both short term and long term disabilities.
If you are expected to eventually return to work, you will probably be placed on short-term disability.
If your accident is going to keep you out of the work force for an especially long period of time, or even permanently, then you should qualify for long-term disability benefits.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance will require several steps, as well as certain medical criteria. You will be required to receive a full medical assessment from a doctor that works with the Social Security Administration.
Depending on the disability listing, you will need to have either a certain diagnosis or meet specific coverage criteria. For example, back injuries may require a compressed nerve root, spinal arachnoiditis, lumbar spinal stenosis, or an equivalent diagnosis.
Psychological injuries may cover conditions such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, both of which commonly result from car accidents.
Disputing a Doctor’s Findings
Many people hire a Salt Lake City car accident disability lawyer after having a claim denied by the Social Security Administration.
You should be entitled to receiving a disability listing if you have not had functional use of the affected body part for at least twelve months. Your Salt Lake City accident disability lawyer can work to prove this and dispute the denial.
Additional Disability Expenses
A disability can create additional expenses such as the need to modify your home or purchase a special vehicle to accommodate your disability. You may need to hire someone to help you around the house or provide you with ongoing care.
Much like with lost wages, these expenses should all be factored into your compensation.
Contact an Attorney
If a car accident injury left you with a long-term disability, you should be compensated for the impact it has had on your life.
Contact a qualified Salt Lake City car accident disability lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates to discuss your case and to determine if you qualify for disability benefits. Call 1-800-404-9000 or contact us online through the form below.