Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits For A Broken Leg?

Social Security disability benefits help disabled Americans get by when they cannot work. These benefits are called Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. At Summit Disability Law Group, our disability attorneys can help you file a strong application for benefits.

There are many different disabilities included in the Social Security Administration’s list of eligible conditions. Potential clients sometimes ask us if they can get Social Security disability benefits with a broken leg. This page answers this question, and provides important details about the disability claims process.

Our legs allow us to walk, run, and work in many different jobs. A severe broken leg, however, can prevent us from doing those things effectively or at all. If you break your leg and are unable to work and earn money for a long period of time, you may qualify for disability benefits. Contact Summit Disability Law Group today for a free case consultation today!


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When Does a Broken Leg Qualify for Disability Benefits?

When applying for benefits, the SSA examines your condition according to its own requirements. They will review your case closely to make sure that your disability is legitimate and prevents you from working. Conditions that often qualify for benefits are included in the SSA’s “listing of impairments.” One of these conditions is “fracture of the femur, tibia… or one or more of the tarsal bones.” This means that a broken leg or foot may qualify for disability benefits.

However, your injury must meet severity requirements. If your broken leg or foot meets the following guidelines, you may qualify for benefits.

  • The break affects a femur, tibia, or tarsal bone

In order to qualify, you must have broken a femur, tibia, or a tarsal bone. The femur is your thighbone. It is a large and very strong bone. It bears a lot of weight while standing and walking, so a break can seriously prevent your ability to move and work.

The tibia is your shinbone. Broken tibias are more common than broken femurs, but are also very serious.

The term “tarsal bones” refers to any of the 7 bones making up the tarsus of the foot. Specifically: talus, calcaneus, cuboid, navicular, and the three cuneiforms.

  • The break can be seen on X-rays or other appropriate medical imaging

In order for your claim to be successful, you must have evidence of your broken bone. The SSA requires “appropriate medical imaging” that shows your bone is broken. This imaging changes depending on the situation, but may include X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or bone scans.

  • The break prevents you from walking

Your injury must prevent you from “ambulating effectively.” This means an extreme limitation in your ability to walk. Someone who ambulates effectively can sustain a reasonable pace over sufficient distance to carry out activities of daily living and do not require a companion to travel or an assistive device that requires two hands. In order to qualify, your injury must prevent you from ambulating effectively and working for at least 12 months, or be expected to do so.

Is it Worth it to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Each person’s situation is unique, but if your broken leg is severe enough that you are unable to work for at least 12 months, disability benefits can help you get by. The SSDI program is set up to assist American workers and taxpayers facing serious medical hardships. Disability benefits can help replace a portion of your lost income while you recover from your injury.

  • I’ve Heard That Most Claims Are Denied. Won’t This Be a Waste of Time?

While it is true that many initial applications are denied, applying for disability benefits is far from a waste of time! The SSA receives millions of applications each year, so evaluations are strict. However, many denied claims are successful in later appeals.

Hiring a skilled and experienced disability lawyer is the best thing you can do for your case. At Summit Disability Law Group, we can help you at every step in the process. Even if you have been denied at the first level, we can help you win your appeal!

How Can a Social Security Disability Attorney Help Me?

s we mentioned above, many disability benefit claims are denied initially. Too often, deserving claimants get discouraged and give up on their applications. Do not give up! A disability lawyer who knows the details of the disability claims process can help you build a successful case at every stage of the process.

Summit Disability Law Group is uniquely focused on helping disabled Utahns. Many law firms handle disability claims in addition to many different types of cases. We are 100% dedicated to representing disability claimants. You can feel confident that we are giving your case the attention and care it deserves.

We often hear from potential clients that they are nervous about paying for a lawyer. We strive to make our services affordable. We do this by offering the following:

  • No attorney fees unless we win your case

We do not believe that you should pay unless you get the disability benefits you need and deserve. So, our “No-Fee Guarantee” promises that you will not pay us any attorney fees unless we win your claim.

  • Free case consultations

Our attorneys will discuss your case with you during a first, no-strings-attached consultation. This consultation can help you understand your rights, and your chances in a disability case. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us today!

  • Free book that explains the Social Security disability claims process

We know that many disability claimants like to understand the process surrounding their claims. So, we wrote a free book that explains it. The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook gets rid of the usual legal jargon and explains the SSDI claims process in plain English. You can order your absolutely free copy today by clicking on the title above!

Contact a Disability Lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group Today

If you are wondering if you can get Social Security disability benefits with a broken leg, we can help you find answers. From day one until the moment your case is finished, we will work harder than anyone to get you the benefits you deserve. If you are interested in discussing your case with us, please contact us today!

The phone number to reach our main Draper office is (801) 845-0056. Or, you can request a free consultation by filling out the request form on the top-right side of this page.

We frequently see how SSDI benefits help disabled workers. If you are facing uncertainty because of a disability or injury, we strongly suggest exploring the possibility of disability benefits. If you ever have questions, our door is open!


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