Navigating the complicated issues at hand when seeking Social Security disability (SSD) benefits is often an enormous challenge for those who truly need assistance. If a person who does qualify for SSD benefits does not properly understand the requirements and guidelines when filing for them, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may deny the application. That forces suffering people to wait even longer for the help they need.
Each type of injury must meet the prescribed standards outlined by the SSA in order to qualify for benefits. When a person suffers an injury to his or her musculoskeletal system, it is important to understand how to meet these standards on the first application. That ensures that the benefits do not take longer than necessary to begin. For instance, SSD benefits for musculoskeletal system injuries require that an applicant suffer significant loss of function.
The SSA defines loss of function due to musculoskeletal impairment as an inability to ambulate, or move about at will, for at least 12 months. A person applying for these benefits must have either suffered the inability to ambulate for 12 months prior to the application or anticipate the loss of function lasting at least 12 months. If the loss may persist for at least 12 more months, it is important to provide documentation of this loss from a physician.
If you have concerns about navigating these issues in your own claim, you can enlist the help of an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of SSD claims. Retaining counsel ensures that you can focus on your own needs and recovery while an attorney pursues the benefits and protections you deserve on your behalf.
Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security," accessed Feb. 09, 2018