Social Security Benefits After a Louisiana Car Accident
If your Louisiana car accident injuries have left you permanently disabled or resulted in any injury that makes it impossible for you to work for 1 year or longer, you may be entitled to file for Social Security disability benefits in addition to seeking damages through a Louisiana car accident lawsuit.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits
In order to apply for Social Security disability benefits, your disability must keep you from working for at least 1 year. In addition, you will have to pass two tests, a recent work test and a duration of work test to help determine your eligibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will also verify what, if any, income you are producing monthly and ensure that income is below their established income limits.
Social Security will look at all the information relevant to your claim in order to determine what benefit programs, if any, you may be eligible for. However, you’ll also need to provide ample evidence of your medical condition and its effect on your ability to work.
Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits
You can apply for Social Security disability benefits online, call to make an appointment at your local Social Security office or call to make an appointment that can take place over the phone. The types of information that you will have to provide in order to begin your Social Security disability benefits claim include:
- Your name, current address and Social Security number
- Your birth certificate
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of medical personnel who have treated you
- Your medical records
- The types and dosages of medications that you are taking
- A description of the type of work that you did before you were disabled
- A list of the businesses for which you worked before you were disabled
- A copy of last year’s W-2 form, if applicable
- A copy of your most recent federal tax return, if you were self-employed before being disabled
You will also be required to fill out additional paperwork pertaining to your medical records and other requested information for the SSA.
It can take several months for your disability application to be processed, and unfortunately, since most disability applications are initially denied, you may have to file an appeal.
Contacting a Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer
Your Louisiana personal injury attorney can help you file a personal injury claim and talk to you about the possibility of filing for disability benefits, should your injuries require additional assistance. Contact a Louisiana personal injury lawyer today at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara.