The loss of a limb due to an accident can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to perform work duties. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that someone afflicted with such an injury must meet certain criteria before their claims for benefits can be approved.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual can be found automatically disabled if their amputation falls under the criteria of:
- An amputation of both hands
- Amputation of one or both legs at or above the ankle
- Amputation of one hand and one leg at or above the ankle
- Amputation of one leg up to the hip
- Pelvic amputation
The SSA is not concerned if the amputation was the result of an accident or a disease. Also, in many cases, the SSA will require that an individual walk “ineffectively” due to limb loss in order to receive Amputation Disability Benefits. The term “Ineffective walking” is defined as having complications with the loss of a limb that prevents a prosthetic device from properly being used, requiring a patient to use a walker, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.
While many amputations may not fall into these categories, it does not mean that a patient is not qualified to receive Social Security Disability Benefits or Supplemental Security Income. That’s why the law firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you have undergone an amputation and are considering applying for disability benefits.