If you are suffering from a leg, ankle, or knee injury that prevents you from being able to work for at least a year, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. Our experienced RI and MA disability lawyers have been handling these cases for year and charge no fee unless you win your claim and receive past due benefits. Call our toll free number or fill out a contact form on our site for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
Have You Suffered a Serious Leg, Ankle or Knee Injury and Have Been Denied Your Social Security Disability Benefits?
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Why Are Some Leg Injuries Considered Disabilities?
Leg, ankle and knee problems can drastically affect your life and make it nearly impossible for you to work. These conditions are long lasting and cause pain that can sometimes be unbearable. The symptoms include pain and stiffness that increases after exercise or putting pressure on it. There often is grinding, rubbing or cracking sounds that occur when moving the joint.
A major factor that the Social Security Administration takes into account when they are determining if you suffer from a disabling condition is whether or not you can walk. If your condition leaves you unable to walk, or walking is very difficult and painful for you, then this increases the chances of being considered disabled. Because you use every muscle and bone in your legs in order to walk, many different kinds of leg injuries are considered to be disabilities.
What Kinds Of Leg Injuries Are Disabilities?
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: A chronic disease that affects not only the joints but also the body tissue that surrounds those joints. The causes are unknown, but Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue and joints. This is a painful disease that can be debilitating and is lifelong.
- Amputation: Full or partial amputation of a leg is a disability because it severely impacts your ability to walk. It can also cause many psychological and physical effects including depression, anxiety and actual feelings of pain in the amputated limb (called Phantom Limb Pain).
- Osteoarthritis: This is the most typical form of joint problem that occurs from aging. This disorder is painful and is caused by excessive wear and tear in joints that are used frequently, such as in the knee and ankle. When the bone cartilage breaks down in the joints, the bones have no cushion when they move, which is extremely painful. This can be due to lifestyle, obesity, excessive lifting or playing contact sports.
- Osteomyelitis/Septic Arthritis: Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone that may be chronic. Skin ulcers that become infected can infect the skin, muscles or tendons of the body. It is more likely that a person will suffer from osteomyelitis if they have diabetes, receive hemodialysis, use drugs, have poor circulation or have experienced trauma. This illness creates excessive pain in the bones, chronic fever, sweating, lower back pain and swelling of the feet, ankles and legs.
- Osteoporosis: The reduction of bone tissue and bone density is the most common form of bone disease in Americans. This disease has many different causes including being bed ridden, low Vitamin D levels, corticosteroid medications, kidney disease and eating disorders. Osteoporosis results in fractures of the bones even when not engaging in strenuous physical activity. Osteoporosis is painful and degenerative.
These diseases are debilitating and they keep many Americans out of work for long periods of time. If you suffer from one of these leg injuries, and have been or will be unable to work for at least a year, you may be able to collect SSD Benefits.
How Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
In order to qualify for disability benefits, you will have to prove to the Social Security Administration that you have been unable to work for at least a year due to your leg injury. Additionally, you have to have earned a certain amount of “work credits” in the years prior to applying for disability. Read more.
When looking to approve or deny a claim for Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will review your medical records as well as ask the opinion of your doctors. An experienced disability lawyer can ensure that you put the best claim forward for benefits and reduce the stress of applying on your own.
Why Hire Us?
Leg, ankle and knee injuries are some of the most commonly recognized disabilities for Social Security Disability Benefits. If you hire a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Social Security Administration, you have twice the chance of receiving benefits. Our lawyers have experience in the area of Social Security Disability law and have successfully represented many clients. They charge no fee unless you win your claim and receive past due benefits. Call our toll free number or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.