If a workplace accident leaves you unable to return to any sort of career, your first option to cover the medical and rehabilitative expenses related to your injuries may be workers’ compensation benefits. Yet we at The Law Firm of Johnston, Moore, and Thompson often find that many believe any benefits they are entitled to end there. What those people fail to realize is that Social Security Disability benefits are, in essence, an extension of workers’ compensation. However, you may only qualify for these benefits after the Social Security Administration’s own evidentiary requirements have been met.
These requirements are listed in conjunction with the impairments that they are specifically associated with. The qualification criteria must be verified by an acceptable medical source as determined by the SSA. According to the SSA’s website, these sources may include:
- Your primary care physician, or any other qualified doctor of medicine or osteopathy
- A psychologist
- An optometrist (specifically for issues with visual acuity)
- A speech pathologist (specifically for language impairments)
- A podiatrist (specifically for issues related to the feet and ankles)