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Can you pursue disability benefits if you lose a limb? 

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2023 | Injuries

Your job is pretty much your livelihood. You love it so much. And when a work-related injury or illness makes it challenging or even impossible to continue doing what you love, life can become unbearable. 

Of all non-fatal work-related injuries, an amputation can be the most harrowing. The loss of a limb can leave you disabled and, thus, unable to work for the rest of your life. If you suffer an injury that results in the loss of a limb, you may be wondering if you are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. 

Qualifying for SSD after an amputation 

Some amputations automatically qualify for disability benefits, without regard to any other factors. For example, the loss of both upper hands is automatically considered disabling. However, other people with amputations can still qualify for benefits based on numerous other factors, including their age, their ability to be retrained and any other health issues they may have.

To review and make a decision, the Social Security Authority will ask for medical records from your healthcare provider. This should include documentation of your amputation — as well as your remaining capacity to function, including your ability to perform ordinary daily activities, such as bathing and dressing, without assistance. You should also include any other conditions you may have as part of your application, including any mental health issues related to your amputation that you may be suffering from.

So can you apply for SSD following an amputation?

Yes, you can pursue disability benefits if you suffer amputation that renders you unable to work. Find how you can protect your rights and interests while pursuing your disability benefits in Minnesota. 

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