The Social Security Administration has a list of criteria for amputations.
If you lost a limb and your injury meets these standards, then you may
be able to receive SSDI. Interestingly enough, not all amputations can
lead to automatic SSDI. For example, if you lose a hand in a workplace
accident, you may assume that you will be eligible for SSDI benefits that
could keep you from needing to work. Surprisingly, most individuals who
lose one hand are still required to work. This is because they are still
able to accomplish some work tasks and can generate an income that is
adequate to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.
The Social Security Administration announces that individuals who suffer
an amputation of both hands will automatically receive SSDI benefits.
Also, those that have an amputation of one or both legs at or above the
ankle may receive SSDI. The victim must prove that he or she is unable
to walk. Many individuals with a leg amputation can be outfitted with
a prosthetic leg or foot that will allow them to walk and function just
like any other person. The SSA requires that leg amputees must have "ineffective
This means that there is a stump complication that makes it impossible
for the individual to have a prosthetic device. In some circumstances
the SSA will also want confirmation that you need to use both of your
hands to handle a walker, two canes, crutches, or a wheelchair. This shows
that you are not able to accomplish tasks with your hands when standing.
Also, individuals who have suffered one hand amputation and one leg amputation
at or above the ankle can also receive SSDI if they can prove they are
not able to walk effectively. The SSA will grant automatic SSDI to individuals
who suffer an amputation of one leg up to the hip or a pelvic amputation.
If your amputation does not meet these criteria, there is still a possibility
that you can receive payment in the form of SSDI. For example, if you
can prove that the amputation affected the ability to use your dominant
hand; this may be adequate to prove you are eligible for SSDI.
Also, if your work-related activities are limited because of your amputation,
then the SSA will want to assess your residual functional capacity, this
means that the SSI will look at whether or not you can accomplish sedentary
activities. For example, if you have a hand amputation and have only worked
writing and desk jobs that involve typing, you may be eligible for SSDI
if you can prove that there is no other job you would be able to do. Also,
SSA will want to look at your ability to grasp things, or your ability
to lift small objects. For lower limb amputations, SSA will look at whether
or not you can crawl, kneel, climb, bend your knees, and balance.If you
want more information about SSDI claims or if you want to fight for the
right to recieve SSDI, then talk to a
SSDI lawyer at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today.