This article discusses amputation and Social Security Disability Benefits. Read on for information on how SSA will evaluate your claim for disability.
Amputations can happen for a variety of reasons. The main causes are vascular disease (including diabetes and PAD), trauma and cancer. Via Amputee Coalition. Diabetics can experience poor circulation in their feet which can result in skin ulcers. Left unchecked, these skin ulcers can result in amputations. This can also occur in individuals with peripheral vascular disease.
Traumatic amputations can sometimes be reattached, but often a well fitted prosthetic would perform better than an reattached limb. Bleeding, shock and infections are frequent complications of traumatic amputations. Via MedLine Plus.
Clients describe pain, a feeling of loss and depression. Amputees can also experience phantom limb pain. “Although the limb is no longer there, the nerve endings at the site of the amputation continue to send pain signals to the brain that make the brain think the limb is still there. Sometimes, the brain memory of pain is retained and is interpreted as pain, regardless of signals from injured nerves.” Via WedMD. Phantom limb pain usually decreases over time, but if it is present longer than 6 months, the prognosis is poor.
If you have lost a limb, this can definitely affect your ability to work and perform activities of daily living. The Social Security Administration evaluates amputation under 1.05 Amputation due to any cause. This listing requires the amputation of both hands OR one or both lower extremities above the ankle (tarsal) with stump complications resulting in inability to use a prosthetic to ambulate effectively OR one hand and one lower extremity resulting in the inability to ambulate effectively OR hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation.
If you have extreme limitation in your ability to walk, you are unable to ambulate effectively. But what is extreme? Are you unable to walk without a cane, walker or crutches? If so, you may be extremely limited in your ability to walk. Prosthetics are helpful to most people, but they do not work for everyone. Phantom limb pain may eliminate your ability to use a prosthetic.
If you have suffered an amputation of a limb, do not worry about meeting the above listing. File your claim for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible. You do not know how long it will take you to recover. Call the Bishop Law Firm Today! Delay may cause you to lose benefits.