Although we are in the middle of autumn, winter will be here in Newark before we know it. And with the winter season, many throughout the United States encounter freezing cold conditions, as well as severe weather such as sleet and snow. Bad weather increases the likelihood of injuries, whether it is a slip and fall or a car accident. In addition, the winter season brings with it an increase in winter recreational activities such as ice skating, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, all of which could result in injury and an inability to work.
If you’ve been injured, you may wish to consider filing a claim with the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability insurance. It is important to keep in mind though that not all injuries qualify, and the injury must be severe enough to prevent you from working.
You must prove that your injury is preventing you from obtaining and maintaining work, and that the injury is expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death. This means that minor injuries may not qualify. However, severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or the loss of a limb may be considered valid disabilities if the right elements are met.
The application process is not easy, and as stated above, you must prove that your injury is debilitating enough that it is preventing you from seeking gainful work for at least a year. If you still believe your disabling condition qualifies for benefits, you may wish to seek assistance from a law firm familiar with Social Security disabilities to help you with the application process.
Source: FindLaw “Social Security Benefits Explained,” Accessed Oct. 25, 2015