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How to Qualify for SSDI following an Amputation

How to Qualify for SSDI following an Amputation

Amputations are more common in the United States than ever before. With approximately 2 million Americans living with a limb loss, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are commonly awarded to amputees.

With the help of modern technology, prosthetic limbs and medicines are making the aftereffects of losing a limb much more bearable, and it no longer has to be a debilitating condition. However, that doesn’t mean that amputees do not experience great difficulties in their daily life, especially if they are ineligible for a prosthetic.

To learn more about how to qualify for SSDI following an amputation, reach out to a member of our team today.

The Blue Book

The SSA uses a guide known as the “Blue Book” to classify an applicant’s disability. The Blue book defines a disability as a severe medical disorder that disrupts day-to-day life and lasts more than 12 months or results in death.

In the case of an amputee, the length of the disability is not a concern. However, the severity of his or her condition typically determines whether he or she will qualify for benefits. According to the SSA’s Blue Book, amputees qualify for benefits if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Both hands are amputated;
  • One or both of the lower extremities are amputated at or above the ankle and they do not qualify for a prosthetic;
  • One hand and one lower extremity at or above the ankle are amputated; or
  • They suffer from hip disarticulation.

These classifications may be challenging to understand, so it’s best to reach out to a physician to get a clear understanding of your condition to improve your odds of qualifying for disability benefits on the basis of an amputation.

Necessary Documentation

Generally, the more documentation you provide in your application, the more likely you are to receive SSDI benefits for an amputation. When filing a Social Security disability benefits claim, it’s advisable to include medical records for the SSA to get a clear understanding of your current condition and how it limits your ability to work. Examples of viable medical documentation include:

  • X-rays
  • Blood tests and tissue samples
  • CT & MRI scans (to explain why a prosthesis is not a good fit for you);
  • General medical history
  • Physical therapy notes

Contact an Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney Today

Learning to live life after an amputation is difficult enough without worrying about the financial consequences that may come from it. If you believe that you qualify for disability benefits from the SSA, consult with an experienced Social Security disability representative for advice. Contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, today to learn more about your qualifications for SSDI following an amputation.

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