Those who have suffered a broken arm or hand know just how debilitating this type of injury can be. Although some types of fractures can heal rather quickly, in some cases the bones do not heal properly, leaving the injured person with a long-term or permanent disability. When these types of injuries cause an individual to be out of work for a year or longer, he or she can apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Effects of upper extremity fractures
Fracturing a bone can cause a great deal of pain and suffering. Many jobs require physical functions such as lifting, pushing and pulling objects. Breaking a bone in the upper limbs may make it nearly impossible for the affected person to perform job duties, especially if both arms were broken.
When a bone in an upper extremity is fractured, the injured person can also lose functional use of the arm or hand. Even if use is regained, it may cause the person to experience severe pain when using the hand or arm that was affected. Additionally, fractured bones that do not heal properly are more likely to be hurt again in the future.
Applying for SSDI
As soon as an injured person becomes aware that the injury is likely to keep the individual out of work for more than 12 months, Social Security Disability Insurance claim may be filed. Beginning the application process can be as easy as calling the Social Security Administration office or visiting the SSA website. However, about two-thirds of all Social Security disability applications are denied the first time through. Anyone who has questions or needs help applying for SSDI benefits should speak with a legal professional. An experienced disability attorney can answer questions and help those injured to file a claim or submit an appeal.