Do I have any right to Social Security benefits and if so how do they work with my general personal injury claim?

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ANSWER: The Social Security system is also a separate benefit program which does not depend upon fault, but does require that you meet certain conditions before receiving compensation. In order to recover Social Security benefits you generally need to be disabled for a continuous period of 12 months from any gainful employment, not just your prior job. If you have become disabled as a result of an accident, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability. We do not practice in this area, but can assist you in finding competent disability counsel.