Disabilities impact lives in many ways. For some, they’re unable to see or hear the way they used to. Others may not be able to walk or stand for long periods of time. No matter what the disability is, there’s no question that it has an impact. It’s important for those with these injuries to be able to get the support they need to live comfortable lives.
Musculoskeletal injuries are one subsection listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This subsection of disabilities includes a number of injuries, illnesses and dysfunctions that could help you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD).
One example is a major dysfunction of a joint caused by anything. A deformity, injury or genetic causes could lead to this disability, for instance. The SSA wants to know that one major peripheral or weight-bearing joint is impacted, which would make it difficult to move easily.
Another musculoskeletal issue that the SSA provides benefits for is amputation. If you have to have both hands or one or both of your lower legs at or above the tarsal region, then you may qualify. You may also qualify if there was a hemipelvectomy or if you have lost one hand and one lower extremity, for example.
Although it may seem complicated to understand the SSA’s definition of a disability, there are plenty of people educated to help you on your journey toward getting disability. Your attorney can help you collect medical evidence and fill out the appropriate documents, so you can get the SSD benefits you need to focus on recovery instead of your financial situation.