The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur
North New Jersey: 973-200-6629
South New Jersey: 609-207-7905

Can temporary injuries count as a disability?

Frequent readers of this blog know that normally a New Jersey resident must have a long-term issue - an issue likely to persist for at least a year - for the Social Security Administration to classify the impairment as a disability. But is that always true? Can some short-term injuries count as a disability too?

The answer, at least in some cases, is yes. For example, a federal court has looked at a person who broke both of their legs and could not work for seven months. Under those circumstances, the person was disabled, according to the court.

The person worked as a government contractor. As part of his job, he needed to visit work sites during business hours. One day he fell while getting off a commuter train, seriously injuring both of his legs. This injury required multiple surgeries to repair. His doctors said it would take no less than seven months for he could walk normally again.

The injury prevented the man from doing site visits. Because of his inability to do the full range of his work, his employer told him to go on short-term disability, terminating him two months later. The man sued and initially lost because the disability was short-term. But on appeal, he won. The appellate court concluded that sufficiently severe short-term injuries qualified for SSDI benefits.

While the ruling offers a hopeful victory for those with severe short-term injuries, the case highlights that seeking SSDI benefits for injuries is not always a smooth process. Many times, New Jerseyans will have to fight for their rights. For help with that, they may benefit from speaking with an experienced disabilities attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Temporary Impairments May Be Covered Disabilities under the ADA," Accessed Nov. 13, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Our Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


West Caldwell Office
195 Fairfield Avenue
Suite 2C
West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Phone: 973-200-6629
Fax: 973-364-1348
Map & Directions

Absecon Office
508 New Jersey Ave
Building B
Suite 1B
Absecon, NJ 08201

Phone: 609-207-7905
Map & Directions