Most people heal within weeks or months when they suffer a bone fracture or joint injury. But sometimes bones do not heal properly or serious complications arise such as infection or nerve damage. You may be eligible for Social Security Disability if your injury is not healing or if the side effects of injury or surgery will last 12 months or more.
The successful attorneys at Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., have helped clients qualify for SSD and SSI benefits for orthopedic injuries. These cases can be hard to win because of the stringent medical criteria and the presumption that the person can find a less physically demanding job. We excel at helping clients convince the claim examiners or hearing judges that their injuries are truly disabling.
Pennsylvania SSI Injury Claim Lawyers
We serve clients in the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One thing that sets us apart from other firms is our willingness to assist people — at no cost or obligation — with their initial application. We will review your claim before you submit it to identify any problems such as an incorrect onset date or incomplete medical records. Then, if your claim is denied, we will represent you in the hearings and appeals process, again at no cost unless we recover benefits for you.
Our approach is particularly helpful in orthopedic cases, because these claims hinge on medical nuances. A broken bone is not itself considered a disabling injury, but you might have a claim if it is not healing after six months or if you develop serious complications.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for SSD or SSI benefits for:
- Fracture of weight-bearing bones — hip, pelvis, femur, tibia, tarsals
- Knee injury — broken kneecap, torn ACL
- Broken arm — humerus, ulna or radius bone
- Shoulder injury — separation/dislocation, torn rotator cuff
- Amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot
- Failed hip replacement/knee replacement
- Complications of reconstructive surgery
- Neck or back injury — vertebrae, disk, ligament
In general, you must show evidence of a major dysfunction of a limb or joint, such as deformity, severe pain, paralysis or loss of feeling, limited range of motion, or inability to walk, which lasts or will last for 12 months. You may also qualify for serious complications such as infection, osteoarthritis, compartment syndrome, improper healing or necrosis (death of bone tissue).
Experienced Lawyers Who Know How To Build A Case
The Social Security Administration will contend that people with amputated or compromised limbs can still work at many jobs. In addition to concrete evidence such as X-rays or MRIs, we invoke all factors such as age, education level, work history, functional capacity and collateral symptoms that will convince the SSA to award benefits if our client does not qualify under the listed medical criteria.
Contact us online or call 267-622-4475 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Philadelphia orthopedic injury SSD attorneys.