Working as a shipping worker along the coasts of the United States, you’re exposed to many hazards. This is manual labor much of the time, and it can really take a toll on your body. Slip-and-fall accidents could happen aboard vessels, or you may struggle with other injuries related to the work that you do.
As a shipping worker, you should know that you may be able to seek compensation through Social Security Disability Insurance if you are injured and can no longer work as a result of those injuries. So long as you have accrued enough credits, you may be able to seek compensation and the benefits that you’ve been paying for through your taxes all along.
How can you get a Social Security Disability claim approved after a shipping injury?
Social Security Administration has a test to determine if you’re disabled based on their terminology and requirements. The test states that you:
- Must not be able to continue to do your job as a result of your injuries
- Must not be able to do another job as a result of your health condition
If you can still complete work, even if it isn’t in the same industry or occupation, then you may have your claim denied. If you cannot work, then you may be able to get an approval.
How does the Social Security Administration decide if you can still do work?
There are many factors that go into deciding if a claim can be approved or not. The Social Security Administration looks at factors such as your education, age and transferable skills to decide if you can move into a new position instead of returning to what you did before. For example, someone who loses a leg working on a ship at 30 years old may be able to return to a desk job even if they can’t return to work aboard a ship.
If you are hurt on the job and cannot work, it is smart to discuss your legal options and what it would take to get your Social Security disability claim approved. Making a solid case could help your application get approved and you the compensation you need.