When you suffer an injury, such as falling and hurting an ankle, it is easy to forget that you may need to keep notes and take pictures. In the heat of the moment, your biggest concern is getting help, but in the event you need to file for injury benefits, there are some things you should know.
If you got hurt and couldn’t pay your bills, what would you do? Of course there is Social Security Disability; there is also workers’ comp and private disability insurance. So you do have some options.
For instance, if you’re involved in a slip-and-fall on someone else’s property, that person or business is not automatically responsible just because you were on their property when you fell. You have to prove that the person or business did something to cause you to fall.
Here is a checklist of some things you should do:
- Take pictures of what caused you to fall
- Take names of witnesses
- Talk to witnesses about what they saw happen
- Tell the people in the store that you had a fall
- Don’t delay in seeking medical treatment
- Talk to an attorney to help you decide whether or not it’s important to file a lawsuit
If you are hurt on the job, you will likely qualify for workers’ compensation. But will you also qualify for Social Security Disability?
Filing for Social Security Disability can be a long and drawn our process. You have to be patient and work with an attorney that knows the system.
To be approved for SSD, you have to be completely unable to work based on your work history, age and education. Once you get your disability, if you get better, it can be taken away.
So you have to keep going to your doctor. The standard isn’t so high that you have to meet in person to remain on disability, but they can put you up on review constantly. You will get Medicaid or Medicare based on the type of disability for which you are approved. You will use those benefits to help document your case.
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