Amputation and Social Security Benefits – What You Need to Know

 AmputationAmputation is the loss of a body part such as an arm, leg, finger or toe, because of trauma, prolonged constriction, or surgery.

Amputation injuries are permanent injuries that can result in a lifelong disability and even wrongful death.

Traumatic amputations injuries occur when the body part is wholly severed on accident. Surgical amputations may be performed when a body part is unable to be saved due to a serious injury.

While the cause for the amputation is not important for your social security case, the result and functionality after the amputation is extremely important. The SSA will examine the individual’s ability to function as a basis for awarding disability benefits. In this type of case, children are treated the same way as adults in regard to amputations.

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For this condition to be severe enough to meet the social security administration’s listing the claimant must have either:

  • amputation of both hands,
  • amputation of one or both lower extremities at or above the ankle and  loss of the ability to walk effectively,
  • amputation of one hand and one lower extremity at or above the ankle and loss of the ability to walk effectively, or
  • hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation

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As disability lawyers at Strom Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of Social Security claimants in South Carolina and see every case through. While your attorney’s role depends on the particular facts of your case, a Social Security disability attorney at the Strom Law Firm can take charge of your case.

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