Will I Qualify for Disability Because of Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accident injuries are some of the worst types that can occur. A motorcycle offers no protection to riders so when another vehicle smashes into it, there is nothing to minimize the force of impact. Riders are crushed, thrown, or run over by their own vehicle. Many motorcycle accident victims suffer catastrophic injuries that leave them permanently disabled and often unable to perform the daily activities that many of us take for granted.

Some of the more severe injuries our clients have suffered include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and amputation. Many victims need lifelong medical care for these injuries, as well as for the health complications that these types of injuries often cause. A motorcycle accident lawyer Minneapolis, MN offers can help you obtain financial compensation for the losses you have suffered.

This compensation can cover all of your past, present, and future medical expenses, any work necessary to your home to make it handicap-accessible, loss of past and future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and permanent disability.

In addition to a motorcycle accident lawsuit, a motorcycle accident victim may also qualify for federal disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. There is a high standard the agency sets when it comes to qualifying for these benefits and you must prove to the agency that your ability to earn any income has been severely hampered by the injuries you have sustained in the crash.

For example, let’s say a victim work in the trades, such as a carpenter or plumber, and permanently damage their hand in a motorcycle accident. They are unable to hold tools in the way necessary to complete their work, which leaves them unable to continue to work in that field. However, they are able to do other work, even with the damage to their hand, so they would not qualify for Social Security disability.

In the above situation, a motorcycle accident attorney could pursue damages for loss of future income in any accident lawsuit that is filed against the person who caused the crash. Whatever the difference was in pay between what the person could have earned up to retirement had they continued to work as a carpenter and what they will work at their new occupation – if that pay is less – then the at-fault party could be liable for that difference in pay.

If the injury the victim suffered was of a catastrophic nature which leaves them unable to work at all, not only does the law allow them to pursue a myriad of damages against the at-fault party, they will likely qualify for disability benefits through the federal government and their dependents may also qualify for benefits, as well. An example of a type of injury that could fall into this category is a victim who is left as a quadriplegic from the motorcycle crash.

Thanks to Johnston Martineau, PLLP for their insight into personal injury cases and qualifying for disability after a motorcycle accident.