Social Security Common Conditions: Amputation Disability

by Staff | September 5th, 2014

The loss of a limb can leave you unable to perform your job duties and may entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to understand the standards for eligibility for an amputation disability prior to filing.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) says there are four types of amputation that qualify a person for benefits. They include:

  • The loss of both hands
  • A Hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation
  • One hand and one lower extremity at or above the tarsal region, with the inability to ambulate effectively.
  • One or both lower extremities at or above the tarsal region, with stump complications that prevents the victim from ambulating effectively for more than 12 month.

These definitions leave many amputees questioning what defines the ability to “ambulate effectively”.  According to the SSA, this means an individual must be able to sustain a reasonable walking pace over a sufficient distance to perform everyday duties. This must be completed without the assistance of a walking companion, such as a walker or cane.

These requirements can be complicated, so it’s wise to speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer regarding your condition prior to applying for benefits.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our attorneys can help answer any question you have if you’re applying for Social Security or have a claim that’s been denied in the past. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to learn more about how we can help you with your claim.

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