You were at work when the worst possible scenario happened. You were working on repairing a sharp piece of machinery, and the person on the other end turned it on. You thought you had turned off the power, but you must have hit the wrong fuse.
Today, you have an amputation as a result of the injuries you suffered. You have a lot of nerve pain and dysfunction as a result of the injury, and it has been a long road toward recovery. You’re hoping that you can seek Social Security Disability (SSD), but will you be able to?
It’s a myth to think that you can get SSDI just because of an amputation; however, if you are unable to work or make a substantial income, then you may be in a position to be awarded benefits.
Take, for example, an amputation at the elbow. This injury doesn’t affect the majority of your body physically, but you may suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nerve pain, chronic pain and other issues as a result of the injury. If you cannot work because of the pain you’re in or because of secondary complications of the injury, then you may be able to file for an receive disability benefits.
It is not necessarily easy to get SSDI. It can be a long and frustrating process. Many applications are denied the first time, even though the people filing them should have been awarded benefits. If you file and are denied the benefits you need, your attorney will help you look into appealing that decision.