How Severe Must Slip & Fall Injuries Be Before SSDI Benefits Kick In

How Severe Must Slip & Fall Injuries Be Before SSDI Benefits Kick In

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If you suffer from slip and fall injuries, you may qualify for disability benefits.

Slip and fall injuries are relatively common; however, the injuries incurred from a slip and fall vary greatly. Sometimes, a slip and fall injury can result in nothing more than a bruise that heals after a few days. In more severe cases, it can result in a seriously debilitating injury that could have lingering effects for years. Depending on how serious a slip and fall injury is, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

SSDI for Slip and Fall Injuries

SSDI benefits typically are offered to individuals whose severe health conditions do not allow them to work for at least 12 months. To qualify initially, you’ll need to collect enough work credits.

When you experience a slip and fall, the first thing you should do is seek medical care and treatment. Your doctor should treat your injury and diagnose the injury as short-term or long-term. If it’s a long-term injury, they should be able to give you an idea of how long your injury will affect your ability to do your job – if it affects your ability to do your job in the first place.

For example, if you fell on your back and experienced a serious back injury, that could impact your ability to work – especially if your job involves physical labor. If you’ve experienced a long-term injury that will keep you from being able to work, you’ll need to prove it to the Social Security Administration in order to be approved for SSDI benefits.

SSDI Slip and Fall Injury Claim Denials

There are a number of reasons why you may be denied SSDI benefits even if you’ve experienced a slip and fall injury. These reasons include the following:

The injury is short-term

Even if your injury was serious enough to keep you out of work, if it keeps you out for anything less than 12 months, you’re not going to qualify for benefits.

The injury isn’t serious enough

Some injuries may take a long time to recover from. However, the SSA may not consider them serious enough to keep you from going to work. For example, if you sprained or broke your wrist trying to support yourself while falling, you are likely able to continue going to work, even if it takes a while for your wrist to heal and even if you experience pain or mobility issues in your wrist for a year.

You don’t provide proof

Provide the Social Security Administration with medical records to prove how your injury occurred and its severity. If you can’t provide or refuse to provide such records, your claim will be denied.

You don’t follow your prescribed therapy

You have to follow your doctor’s treatment plan. The Social Security Administration will probably deny your case if you don’t. There are a few exceptions to this:

  • The inability to follow the doctor’s orders due to mental illness
  • Religious beliefs
  • The inability to pay for treatment.

If you experience a serious slip and fall injury, then you will need to speak to a doctor. Find out how severe the injury is. Finally, ask how the disability will impact your work for the next 12 months.


For more information about qualifying for SSDI benefits for slip and fall injuries, contact Social Security Disability Advocates USA to schedule a free consultation, or call us at 602-952-3200 today. Feel free to take advantage of our awesome LiveChat feature, too.

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