Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits with a Broken Arm?
If a serious disability prevents you from working and earning money, the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) can help you. This program is commonly called “Social Security disability benefits.” At Summit Disability Law Group, people often ask us if they can get Social Security disability benefits with a broken arm. This page answers that question.
The Social Security Administration provides a list of disabilities that often qualify for benefits. A broken arm is one of the conditions on this list. If your broken arm is severe and prevents you from earning a living, you may be eligible for benefits.
There are very few jobs that can be done without fully functional arms. A severely broken arm can keep you out of your job for a long time. If you find yourself in this situation, we want to help you. Contact Summit Disability Law Group today to schedule a free case consultation with one of our attorneys!
When is a Broken Arm Eligible for Benefits?
If you decide to apply for benefits, the SSA will closely examine your medical condition. It is very important that your disability meets the requirements they provide. The SSA describes the “fracture of an upper extremity,” or a broken arm, as a potentially qualifying condition. In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits with a broken arm, your condition must meet the following guidelines.
- The broken bone is a humerus, radius, or ulna
In order to get disability benefits, you must have a broken humerus, radius, or ulna. The humerus is a long, strong bone in your upper arm. It is the only bone in the upper arm, and is necessary for things like lifting and throwing. It often breaks when people try to break falls with their arms.
The radius and ulna are the two bones in the forearm. The radius is shorter, and on the same side of the forearm as your thumb. The ulna is longer, and on the same side as your pinky. These two bones are very important, as they connect your wrist and elbow. They often both break in serious accidents.
- The break is “under continuing surgical management”
This means that your broken arm is currently receiving surgery-related treatment in order to restore its functioning ability. The SSA provides some examples of what this treatment may be. These include:
- Post-surgical procedures
- Surgical complications
- Related illnesses
- Related treatments that delay full recovery
If your broken arm requires extensive surgical treatment for any reason, you may qualify for benefits.
- Your broken arm takes over 1 year to function again
Your broken arm must not be fully functional within 12 months from the date you broke it. Or, it must not be expected to fully recover within this time period.
So, if you broke your humerus, radius, or ulna, and are currently receiving surgical treatment that is not expected to restore your arm’s functioning within 12 months, you may qualify for benefits.
What is the Social Security Disability Insurance Program?
When people talk about “Social Security disability benefits,” they are most often referring to the Social Security Disability Insurance program, or SSDI. This is a government program designed to assist American workers whose disabilities prevent them from continuing to earn income on their own.
If you have worked and had Social Security taxes withheld from your paycheck, you may be eligible for SSDI. In general, you need to have worked at least 5 out of the past 10 years. This requirement may change depending on your age and situation, so be sure to talk with an experienced disability lawyer about your eligibility.
- Is it Worth it to Apply? I’ve Heard that Many Claims Get Denied
Many disability claims are denied, but it is still worth it to apply! Social Security disability benefits provide essential help to millions of deserving Americans. Many of those who receive benefits even had their initial claims denied. Many cases are successful after appeals.
A Utah disability lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group can help build your claim at any stage. Whether you are filing an initial application or submitting an appeal, we know how to file a strong claim. If you have questions about applying for benefits, contact us today for answers!
Can a Disability Lawyer Help My Social Security Case?
The disability claims process can be complicated and frustrating. Too often, deserving claimants give up on their disability cases because they get stuck in this process. At Summit Disability Law Group, our practice is 100% dedicated to representing disability claimants. We handle these cases every day, and know the law surrounding them inside and out.
Hiring an experienced disability lawyer is the best thing you can do for your claim. Doing so will allow you to focus on recovering from your broken arm, while we handle the complex legal work.
We strive to provide the most effective disability representation available. Our services are designed to maximize your comfort with the process and minimize your expenses. We do this by providing the following resources.
- “No Fee Guarantee”
We understand that the potential costs of hiring a lawyer can seem like too much. So, we strive to make our services affordable. Our “No Fee Guarantee” means that you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your disability claim.
- The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook
This book explains your rights as a disability claimant. It outlines the disability claims process in simple, plain English – not the usual legal jargon. We offer this book absolutely free of charge to anyone who is interested.
If you want to order your free copy of our book, just click here. Understanding your rights and the basics of disability law can help you feel more confident about your case.
- Free case consultations
We offer free consultations so that you can speak with a lawyer with no financial obligations. During the consultation, we will discuss your case and what your chances are for benefits. Then, if you choose to work with us, we will start building your claim.
Contact a Utah Social Security Disability Lawyer Today
The lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group can help you get Social Security disability benefits with a broken arm. As we mentioned above, our firm is completely dedicated to helping deserving disability claimants win benefits. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us today or fill out the request form on the top-right side of this page.
Our main Draper office’s phone number is (801) 890-1030. We can meet with you at this office, or at one of our locations in Bountiful and Orem. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you by meeting wherever is most convenient for you.
We look forward to assisting you with your disability claim. Summit Disability Law Group is committed to providing only the best legal help!