We are often asked if people can receive Social Security disability benefits for amputation. This page answers that question in detail.
If a disability prevents you from working and earning money, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can help you make ends meet. These disability benefits provide essential help for millions of disabled Americans
Our limbs are some of the most important parts of our body, and living without them is extremely difficult. If you have one or more amputated limbs, finding a steady job can be impossible. Fortunately, Social Security disability benefits can help you cover essential expenses. If you are disabled and unable to work, contact Summit Disability Law Group today! We can guide you through the process to your benefits.
When Does Amputation Qualify for Disability Benefits?
During a disability case, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your condition according to their requirements. These requirements are outlined in the SSA’s “listing of impairments.” Amputation qualifies for benefits in several situations.
You may qualify for benefits if your condition meets any of the criteria below. The SSA’s requirements only consider the limbs that are amputated, not why or how the amputation occurred.
- “Both hands”
You may qualify for benefits if both of your hands are amputated. Again, the SSA’s listing specifies that there is no required cause for the amputation.
- “One or both lower extremities at or above the tarsal region”
This means that one or both of your legs are amputated at or above the ankle. In order to qualify for benefits, you must have “stump complications” that prevent you from effectively using a prosthetic device. There are many possible complications, including infection, bone damage, and pain.
The SSA will determine if you can “ambulate effectively” without a prosthetic device. In other words, if you can walk far enough without a walker, crutches, or canes to complete daily activities.
If complications prevent you from using a prosthetic device, and you cannot “ambulate effectively,” you may qualify for benefits. The complications must have already lasted for at least 1 year, or be expected to last that long.
- “One hand and one lower extremity at or above the tarsal region”
If you have an amputated hand and a leg amputated at or above the ankle, you may qualify for benefits. In order to qualify, you must be unable to “ambulate effectively,” as explained above.
- “Hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation”
These two forms of amputation remove a lower extremity (leg) at the hip/pelvis level. If you have undergone either of these operations, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
What are Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Insurance is a government program designed to help disabled Americans. The SSDI program aims to help workers who once paid taxes but who can no longer work because of a disability. If you previously worked and paid Social Security taxes, then you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
In order to be eligible, you need to have the right amount of “work credits.” You earn a credit for each quarter you work and have Social Security taxes withheld from your paycheck. In general, disabled adults need at least 20 credits. If you have worked and paid Social Security taxes for at least 5 of the last 10 years, you may qualify for benefits.
Through SSDI, you can receive both cash and medical benefits.
- Cash benefits
If you qualify for benefits, you will receive a monthly check. These are your cash benefits. The amount of your monthly check depends on your past income and tax payments. The average payment for disabled workers is generally slightly above $1,000.
- Medical benefits
You are automatically enrolled in Medicare after being on SSDI benefits for 29 months. This can help you continue to receive effective treatment for your disability.
How Can a Social Security Disability Attorney Help Me Win My Claim?
The disability claims process can be long and frustrating. Most claims are initially denied. If you are trying to apply on your own, it is easy to get discouraged and lost in paperwork. An experienced Social Security disability lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group can help you build your strongest claim. Even if you are denied at the first stage of the process, we know how to file a successful appeal.
If you choose to work with us, we will guide you through every aspect of your disability case. We will communicate with your doctors and gather the right evidence. Then, we will use that evidence to build a strong case and present it to the SSA.
- “No Fee Guarantee”
You may be thinking, “that sounds great, but won’t it be expensive?” Many lawyers charge huge hourly fees for their services, but not us. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not pay us any legal fees unless we win your claim.
In addition to our contingency fee, we offer the following resources.
- Free initial case consultations
We offer free initial case consultations, with no strings attached. During this consultation, we can discuss your situation and how strong your case may be. You can schedule a consultation today by filling out the form on the top-right side of this page!
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Contact Summit Disability Law Group Today
If you are interested in applying for Social Security disability benefits for amputation, we can help. Our law firm is entirely dedicated to representing disability claimants. We will put our knowledge and experience to work for you. If you would like to meet with one of our attorneys, please contact us today!
As we mentioned above, you can also contact us by filling out the consultation request form on the top-right of this page. The phone number for our main Draper office is (801) 845-0056.
If you are disabled and unable to work, we strongly encourage you to apply for SSDI benefits. They can help you cover everyday expenses and remove financial stress. No one will work harder to build your successful claim than Summit Disability Law Group, and we look forward to helping you!
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