In Washington, there are a variety of physical or mental conditions that could be considered a disabling condition. A disabling condition can occur due to an accident, injury, or other life circumstances. Learn what is considered a disabling condition in Washington and what benefits may be available to an individual with a disabling condition.

What Counts as a Disabling Condition?

A disabling condition is any mental or physical impairment (or a combination of both) that prevents a person from engaging in one or more everyday life activities or earning regular wages. The disabling condition can be temporary or permanent, and a person can be partially or totally disabled.

Generally speaking, a person is temporarily disabled if their condition is expected to affect them for up to a year. The disabled individual may make a full recovery or may be deemed permanently disabled and seek permanent disability benefits as applicable. Broken bones, injuries requiring surgery, whiplash, and concussion are some examples of injuries that can cause temporary disabilities, which may also become permanent. Paralysis, amputation, brain and spinal cord injuries,  and multiple sclerosis are examples of permanent disabilities.

What Benefits May Be Available for the Disabled in Washington?

The benefits available for individuals with disabling conditions may vary depending on the specific details of how each person became disabled. SSDI, or Social Security Disability Program, is the primary disability benefit provided by the federal government. You may also obtain disability benefits through your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance if your condition is job-related (caused by a work accident, for example). Additional sources of disability insurance may include private disability insurance provided by your employer or an individual disability policy you may have purchased.

In the case of a disabling condition resulting from an accident in which someone was at fault, you may also be able to receive compensation through a civil lawsuit for personal injury. If you are unsure how to proceed, consult an attorney to discuss your case.

Can You Sue Someone for Causing Your Disability?

If you have been left temporarily or permanently disabled due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. If you have filed an insurance claim and have been denied or offered a low amount, you may want to consult an attorney to learn whether a lawsuit is the right choice for your case.

How Can an Attorney Help?

Getting approved for SSDI benefits or navigating a personal injury lawsuit is difficult. If you have a disabling condition, you should not give up your rights to compensation or your eligibility for government benefits. An attorney can help you understand what you may be eligible to receive and guide you in taking the proper steps.