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People with amputated limbs may be able to receive SSDI

No one in New Jersey knows what life will bring. If they did, they would be able to avoid accidents, which lead to injuries and other problems in life. However, even seemingly safe decisions may result in life-changing accidents causing significant injuries. Sometimes, these injuries lead to long-term complications in one's life and require significant medical treatment and surgeries, including the need to amputate a limb.

When a limb is amputated, figuring out how to perform daily tasks can be difficult. People may be able to get prosthetics that take the place of the limb, but they cannot completely replace the function of the limb. In addition, when certain limbs are amputated, they are not able to use prosthetics at all.

People who have amputated limbs may not be able to work either, but they may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits for injuries instead. Not every person with an amputated limb will be able to receive these benefits though. The only people who are able to receive it are those who have both hands amputated, portions of a leg or both legs amputated and the person is unable to use a prosthetic to walk effectively, a person with a hand and a leg amputated with an inability to move around effectively, or those with an entire leg amputated.

Amputation is a major surgery that will change a person's life in New Jersey. But, the extent of the change depends on which limb is amputated, and whether the person can use a prosthetic to function. Some are able to function fairly well with assistive equipment, but many others will never be able to do certain things again. People in this situation who are unable to work may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for injuries. Applying for benefit can be complicated though, and it is important to understand the law and what is required to ensure one receives the benefits they need.

Source: SSA.gov, "1.00 Musculoskeletal System - Adult," accessed on April 10, 2017

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