Missing Limbs and Social Security
For various reasons, people have been known to have their hands, feet, arms, and legs amputated from their bodies. Some people are forced to undergo an amputation due to trauma to the limb, diabetes interfering with circulation, gangrene, and atherosclerosis.
In cases involving amputation, the reason or cause of the amputation is typically seen as being irrelevant to any social security judge. What matters is the level of disability that the amputee is faced with after the procedure has been performed.
When reviewing claims for social security disability of amputees, the Social Security Administration will analyze the applicant’s ability to function. This is the same criteria that must be met for any claim for disability that a person files. When considering amputations, the Social Security Administration will consider children in the same way that adults are considered.
There are a number of somewhat reliable keys to determining if a person has lost enough of a limb or limbs to qualify for disability. If a person has lost both of his or her hands, the person will most likely be deemed disabled enough to qualify for social security. Most would agree that functioning on a daily basis would be rather difficult without hands.
Other ways to qualify for disability through amputation include:
- Amputation of one or both of the legs at or above the ankle which results in an inability to walk effectively
- Amputation of a hand and a leg at or above the ankle which results in an inability to walk effectively
- Amputation of the entire leg
Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer
If you have had one of the above amputations performed and denied social security disability, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss the appeal process.