Everyone relies on their legs to get around. But for a person’s legs to work properly, the knees need to flex and support the person’s weight. Any damage or injury to the knees can make it extremely difficult to perform basic tasks like walking or crouching. Without functional knees, working can become nearly impossible.
Do knee replacements qualify for SSDI?
It has been reported that surgeons perform about 700,000 knee replacements every year across the country, with the vast majority being successful procedures. A lot of patients who suffer from chronic knee problems can experience reduced symptoms from surgery, but the improvement may not be enough for them to return to work. If an individual’s condition is severe enough to keep him or her from working for at least one year, that person may be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
How those with debilitating knee injuries can apply
Those who are suffering from knee problems and are unable to work can apply for Social Security disability by visiting the Social Security Administration’s website. Completing an application online is usually the quickest and most efficient way to apply for SSDI benefits. Sometimes, individuals won’t be able to file their entire application online, but it is a good way to get started. Those who are not comfortable with applying online can call the Social Security Administration office to start their claim.
The process of determining eligibility and applying for SSDI benefits is often a lengthy and time-consuming process. Applicants will usually have to supply documentation about their condition, along with the treatment they have received. Any person who suffers a debilitating injury and has questions or needs help to apply for SSDI benefits can obtain guidance by contacting an experienced legal professional.