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Do I automatically qualify for disability benefits for my burns?

Suffering from burn injuries does not automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. Just as with any other disability, there are criteria that you must meet to have your application successfully approved.

One of the first things that reviewers look for is whether you have extensive skin lesions. These wounds must cover various parts of your body, including critical areas that severely limit or interfere with your movement to be considered disabling. For example, your scar tissue might limit the movements of your hands and arms, or affect your ability to stand or walk.

You may still qualify for benefits even if your condition doesn’t exactly meet the listed description of disabling burns that Social Security uses. You may suffer from injuries to your appearance, for example, that makes it difficult to work around other people. You may have emotional problems related to your injuries that affect your ability to function. You may suffer from chronic pain or chronic infections. All of those things can be taken into account when your disability claim is decided.

If you have become injured or disabled due to burns here in Minnesota, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Each case is unique, so it’s essential to make sure that your condition, the limitations you experience and the treatments that you’ve tried are all well-documented. The more clearly you can articulate your limitations, the easier it will be to win an approval for your claim.

An experienced Social Security Disability attorney here in Minneapolis can aid you in preparing your application so that you have the best chance of it getting approved.

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