I was seriously hurt in a criminal attack. Can I recover Social Security disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t care how you got hurt—as long as you were not the one committing the crime. You may not qualify for Social Security disability if you were hurt while committing a crime, but you may be able to qualify if you were hurt while someone else was committing crime.

Some Attack Injuries Create Lifelong Disabilities

In order to qualify for Social Security disability, you are going to have to prove that your disability is permanent and that you can’t work because of it. These kind of injuries may occur in a criminal attack if you are left with a:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation injury
  • Other serious, disabling injury

If you are unable to work or if your condition is likely to result in death, if you have paid enough into the Social Security system, and if you are not yet of retirement age, the SSA may find you eligible for Social Security disability even if a criminal caused your injury.

Social Security disability benefits may help you make ends meet if you cannot work and may be received even if the state of Texas pursues a criminal case against the person who left you hurt or you pursue a civil case for personal injury damages.

To learn more about Social Security disability benefits and how they may help you after you become disabled in a criminal attack, please read our FREE book, Social Security Disability What You Need to Know, and please start a live chat with us today.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law