You may be able to qualify for SSDI as an amputee. SSDI is Social Security Disability Income, and it’s available to people who have become disabled. However, in order to qualify, applicants must have enough credits, which is based on the number of quarters in which the applicant worked and paid FICA tax.
Although you may be eligible to receive SSDI, it can be a frustrating process. You must first be interviewed by a Social Security employee in your area, either on the phone or in person. Some people can apply online. However, most applications are denied. If an appeal is filed, there is a greater chance of being approved to receive SSDI.
If you are approved for SSDI, you can’t qualify until five months after your disability begins. Some benefits can be awarded retroactively, but not until five months after the disability began. One bonus of SSDI is that once you have received it for 24 months, you qualify for Medicare benefits regardless of your age. This can be extremely beneficial for amputees, as it can help cover the costs of prosthetic-related expenses.
Once you begin receiving SSDI, you can work. As an amputee, this may mean that you retrain for a new job, or that you get special prosthetics or equipment to enable you to do the job you had before you became an amputee. SSDI recipients can work and receive benefits for a certain period, in order to encourage SSDI recipients to attempt to work. The rules about work and SSDI are complicated, and should be discussed with a professional.
I am an amputee and also an attorney. I assist my clients in obtaining compensation related to their amputation. For some clients, this means filing a personal injury claim against the party whose negligence resulted in the amputation. For other clients, I assist with helping them in obtaining compensation from insurance companies who are acting in bad faith. Call me, Amputation Lawyer Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567 to learn more about how I can help you.