SSDI for Amputations

SSDI for Amputations

An “amputation” refers to the removal of an injured or diseased body part, however, it can also be related to an accident and result from a traumatic injury; for example, a body part can be severed due to a machine accident, an auto accident, or injuries sustained during military combat.

Other causes of amputation, include:

  • Diabetes (can lead to nerve damage)
  • Gangrene (loss of blood supply causes tissue death)
  • Diseased limb (such as cancer)
  • Crush or blast wound
  • Deformity of the limb causes persistent pain and limits function

Some traumatically amputated fingers can be reattached, but in many cases reattachment of an amputated finger is either not advisable or it’s surgically impossible.

There are different types of amputation, depending on the limb involved and how much of the limb can be salvaged. A lower limb amputation involves removing part of the leg, foot or toe, particularly in older individuals with diabetes.

Upper limb amputations involving the removal of the arm, hand, or finger are less common and are typically carried out in younger patients who suffered a serious injury.

Use of Prosthetics

After an amputation, sometimes it’s possible to fit a prosthetic limb on the remaining stump, but not always. Today’s sophisticated prosthetic limbs can reproduce many of the functions of hands, arms, and legs and are allowing many individuals to return to work, where in the past it would have been next to impossible.

SSDI & Musculoskeletal Disorders

If one of your body parts have been amputated due to a traumatic injury or disease, it is possible that you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Amputations are covered under the Listing of Impairments, the section addressing musculoskeletal disorders (amputation due to any cause).

In order to qualify under 1.05 Amputation, an individual must have lost:

  • Both hands, or
  • One or both lower limbs at or above the tarsal region, with stump complications that make it so they cannot use a prosthetic device to ambulate (move around), or
  • One hand and one lower limb, at or above the tarsal region, with the inability to move around effectively, or
  • Hip disarticulation or hemipelvectomy.

If you have been living with an amputation injury, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. To learn more, contact a Dallas Social Security Disability lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm for assistance!