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SSDI and Amputations

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 walking" issues.

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.