Are You Unable To Work Because Of An Amputation?

Amputation is the removal of limb or part of a limb by an accident or trauma. A surgeon may amputate a limb if it causes pain or threatens your health. An amputated limb may cause emotional problems. It may also cause you to experience phantom pain, aches, and burning.

In evaluating your amputation, Social Security will consider the following:

  • The amputated limb
  • Whether the amputation is of both hands
  • Whether the amputation is of both lower extremities
  • Whether the amputation is of one hand and one lower extremity

Social Security also looks at how amputation affects your maximum physical ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your amputation, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your amputation might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If an amputation interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your amputation, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon for a free case evaluation.

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