3 Things to Do Immediately After Suffering a Disabling Injury

By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

When you experience a disabling injury, your life will change dramatically in profound ways. While you need to focus on your recovery, it is also important to begin taking steps that will allow you to have a secure future — even if your disability stops you from working on a temporary or permanent basis. 

If you have been hurt, some of the key steps you should take after suffering your injury include:

  • Notifying your employer: This is especially important if your injury was work-related, as you may be entitled to workers’ compensation disability benefits if you provide timely notice of the injury to your employer. Even if your injury was not work-related, you should let your employer know right away so you can find out key information about your health insurance, whether you have any disability insurance through your workplace, and whether you can take leave or perhaps work in a modified version of your old job. 
  • Finding a medical specialist: A specialist can help you to get the very best care. You will also want to have detailed medical records prepared by a specialist in case you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. 
  • Talking with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer: An attorney can help you to determine if there are benefits available to you through workers’ compensation or through Social Security Disability Insurance that you could potentially qualify for. There are deadlines for applying for benefits, and it can sometimes be hard to get claims approved, so getting timely legal help can be very important. 

You should take action right away to talk with an attorney. Call today for help from a disability benefits lawyer in Los Angeles with the experience to guide you through the process of applying for benefits and maximizing the chances your claim will be approved. 

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts is the managing attorney for Disability Advocates Group. She opened Disability Advocates Group to assist individuals who became disabled and unable to work to obtain the benefits they need and deserve.  Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.