Amputation Disability

Social Security Disability Lawyers

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all impairments are subject to evaluation and you must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Your Condition

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part—usually a finger, toe, arm, or leg—that occurs as the result of an accident or trauma.

SSA Evaluation

An amputation (due to any cause) is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. As amputation affects the musculoskeletal system, it is classified with other conditions that can result from infectious, inflammatory, or degenerative processes, traumatic or developmental events, or neoplastic, vascular, or toxic/metabolic diseases.

Amputations are evaluated by the SSA under four considerations:

  • both hands
  • one or both lower extremities at or above the tarsal region (the ankle bones), with stump complications resulting in medical inability to use a prosthetic device to ambulate effectively
    • How it is evaluated: as defined in 1.00B2b, which have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months
  • one hand and one lower extremity at or above the tarsal region, with inability to ambulate effectively
    • How it is evaluated: as defined in 1.00B2b
  • hemipelvectomy (a high level pelvic amputation) or hip disarticulation (the loss of three joints—the hip, knee, and ankle)

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Having the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. We can help you:


  • file your claim
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