Injuries That Can Qualify You For Disability Benefits


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Injuries That Can Qualify You For Disability Benefits

Published on February 22nd, 2022 by Eric Slepian

While some disorders and disabilities are due to genetics or illnesses and have been with an individual since birth, some are the result of an accident. These are extremely unfortunate cases and can leave an individual disabled for life. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for someone to qualify for SSDI or SSI because of an accident. Following are some injuries that commonly result in benefits.


PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder, which is severe stress and anxiety caused by a traumatic event. PTSD has varying levels of severity, but if an individual suffers from a severe case of it, they may struggle to function normally and complete regular day-to-day tasks.

When applying for benefits with PTSD, the Social Security Administration will determine if it’s severe enough, if it’s been going on long enough, has affected you for at least a year, and will keep you from having an occupation.

Spinal Cord Trauma

Spinal cord injuries can be very severe and even impair and paralyze an individual. Some spinal cord injuries may cause very little changes in an individual’s life. However, for others, they may completely lose function of their limbs, and life will never be the same for them. This can prevent them from performing normal tasks, including holding a job.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can entirely change a person’s life and keep them from functioning independently. A TBI happens when someone’s head is hit suddenly or is penetrated by an object; about 30% of TBI’s happen from car accidents.

While rehabilitation and therapy may help, a TBI can leave an individual mentally impaired and completely dependent on others, deeming them unable to work, therefore most likely qualifying them for disability benefits.


If an individual receives third- or fourth-degree burns as a result of an accident, they can be life-altering. That individual will most likely have to endure skin grafts, disfigurement, the possibility of infections, and more. If the burns are severe enough, it’s not unlikely for them to keep the individual from being able to hold any sort of profession, therefore most likely qualifying them for disability benefits.

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While every person’s situation is different, these types of disabilities resulting from accidents usually qualify individuals for disability benefits. The best way to ensure you qualify for the benefits you deserve is to work with an experienced and qualified social security disability lawyer.

Slepian Ellexson, PLLC. has years of experience helping individuals through the application process and has countless success stories under their belt. For a social security attorney in Glendale, AZ who will fight for your rights and help you get approved, give Slepian Ellexson, PLLC. a call today.

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