Amputation is defined as the loss of a limb, usually due to diabetes, surgery, or trauma from a car crash or another accident. As many as two million Americans are currently living without at least one of their limbs, and this number may double by 2050. The government benefits attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates have assisted many Massachusetts residents, including those who have sustained an amputation, in filing Social Security disability claims. We also know how to help you with an appeal if your initial application was rejected. Our lawyers have more than two decades of experience representing clients across the state, as well as in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. As seasoned Social Security attorneys, we have developed the skills required to navigate complex cases, appeals, and medical determinations. Contact us today for a free consultation.Seeking SSDI After an Amputation
You are entitled to Social Security disability benefits if you are unable to work due to a medical condition that is anticipated to last at least one year or result in death. When evaluating an application, the Social Security Administration compares the reported symptoms with sections of its Listing of Impairments. This contains conditions that are so serious that they may prevent an individual from working and therefore qualify that individual for disability benefits.
Section 1.05 of Part A of the Listing covers medical criteria relating to amputations that, if met, will make an amputee eligible for government assistance. The following amputation conditions qualify you for disability benefits:
- Amputation of both hands;
- Amputation of one or both legs at or above the ankle region, with stump complications that make it difficult to wear a prosthetic device and that are expected to last for more than a year;
- Amputation of one hand and one leg at or above the ankle region, and the inability to move effectively; or
- Amputation of the pelvis and leg around the hip, which is known as hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation.
Some additional factors are worth noting. First, the reason for the amputation is irrelevant. Your chance of getting benefits is not affected by whether the loss of a limb occurred in an accident, during surgery, or because of some other event.
Also, the reference above to how amputation affects your mobility is connected to what the Social Security Administration (SSA) calls the “inability to ambulate effectively.” Listing 1.00(B)(2)(b) defines this condition as “an extreme limitation of the ability to walk.” Normal walking means being able to walk at a reasonable pace that allows you to perform routine activities in daily life, such as going to and from your workplace or school.
Pain related to amputation can be a significant additional factor that impairs your ability to move. The SSA will take into account the way that discomfort resulting from a listed condition affects your ability to go through normal daily activities. It is important that your medical records reflect the pain you experience and how it affects your mobility.Social Security Lawyers Serving Massachusetts Claimants
The Social Security attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates have accumulated many years of experience helping amputees and other government benefits claimants throughout Massachusetts. Our clients have come from Middlesex, Plymouth, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. If you have questions about whether your amputation qualifies you for disability benefits, we know how to help. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-800-367-0871 (617-367-0880) or using the contact form on our website.