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What if my injury is my fault?

Many people in Texas suffer serious injuries at work, at home while traveling or even while at play. Although there is a lot of emphasis these days on who is to blame for these injuries, in many if not most cases, the injury is truly an accident or, at worst, is actually the responsibility of the victim herself.

In these cases, a Houston resident might think that, while he can obtain some help with medical bills provided he has health insurance, getting compensation for lost income is really a lost cause since, after all, he himself is to blame for his own debilitating injury.

However, Social Security disability benefits for injuries are available without regard to fault. In other words, in order to prove that she has a disability that qualifies for Social Security payments, an applicant does not have to show that she is not responsible for the illness or injury.

As with all disability cases, the only criteria a Texas resident must show is that he has either a terminal medical condition or a condition that either has already lasted or probably will last for more than one year. The applicant must also show that he cannot return to his occupation and also, because of his injury, would not be able to adapt to a different profession.

With very few exceptions, though, disability benefits get awarded on a no-fault and non-adversarial basis. This is good news for people who, perhaps through understandable human carelessness, hurt themselves to the point where they can no longer work. An experienced attorney can help injured Houston residents pursue Social Security benefits.

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