How to Get Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits for Bone Fractures in Richmond, Virginia
Obtaining disability benefits for bone fractures is difficult. This is because most broken bones heal in a few weeks or months and the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires a condition to last a year or longer to qualify for disability.
But some of you may experience complications because of your bone fractures or related surgeries. If your bones do not heal correctly you may be unable to return to work due to your restrictions and symptoms. If so you may have a viable claim for disability in Richmond, VA.
This article explains some of the complications that may arise from bone fractures and how you can qualify for SSD or SSI benefits if these complications affect you. Common conditions associated with bone fractures include:
- Blood clots
- Bone contractures
- Bone deformity
- Bone shortening
- Injuries to muscles and joints in the area
- Muscle atrophy
If you are considering filing for Social Security benefits due to bone fractures or have a pending claim in Virginia, call or text Richmond SSD lawyer and Norfolk disability attorney Corey Pollard for a free consultation: 804-251-1620 or 757-810-5614.
How Does the SSA Evaluate Bone Fractures in Disability Claims?
The SSA will find you disabled if you meet the criteria under a listing found in the Blue Book. Several listings address bone fractures in Section 1.00 – Musculoskeletal Systems of the Blue Book:
- Listing 1.04 – Disorders of the spine. You can meet this listing if you have a vertebral fracture that compromises a nerve root or causes arachnoiditis or spinal stenosis that impacts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, bend, or squat.
- Listing 1.06 – Fracture of the femur, tibia, pelvis, or one or more of the tarsal bones. You can meet this listing if you have one of the listed fractures and proof of the following: (1) That there is no solid union of the bone on appropriate medically acceptable imaging and (2) That you are unable to walk effectively. The SSA will find that you have an inability to ambulate effectively if you have an extreme limitation of the ability to walk.
- Listing 1.07 – Fracture of an upper extremity with nonunion of a fracture of the shaft of the humerus, radius, or ulna, under continuing surgical management, directed toward restoration of functional use of the extremity, and such major function was not restored within 12 months of onset.
To meet a listing you must show not only a bone fracture but also complications with healing that affect your ability to ambulate or use the extremity.
What if My Bone Fracture Do Not Meet a SSA Disability Listing?
You can still prove you’re disabled even though you may not meet all the criteria of a listing. To win your claim for disability benefits you must show that your injuries and conditions – including broken bones – keep you from working based on your age, education, and acquired job skills.
If you do not meet a listing for bone fractures the SSA will review the medical evidence in your case and assign an RFC, which stands for residual functional capacity assessment. The claims examiner will determine your ability with respect to walking, sitting, standing, lifting, bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, carrying, reaching, and grabbing.
If your RFC prevents you from performing any type of job because of your injuries, pain, symptoms, or complications, the SSA may find you disabled under a medical vocational allowance.
What Do I Need to Prove I’m Disabled Because of Complications and Symptoms from My Broken Bones?
The SSA will review your medical records and reports beginning with the date you allege you became disabled. You can improve your chance of receiving disability benefits for bone fractures by gathering your doctors’ notes, surgical reports, pain management notes, x-rays, and other diagnostic imaging tests.
You should also collect written statements from friends, family members, past employers, past co-workers, and clergy members who can explain how your ability to work and to remain independent have changed since suffering a bone fracture. This non-medical evidence can corroborate your medical documents.
Without sufficient medical documentation the SSA will likely deny your case. By hiring an experienced disability lawyer to help you during the process you increase the likelihood that you get approved for SSD or SSI benefits.
The SSA Denied My Disability Claim. What Next?
Did you receive a denial letter from the SSA? You’re not alone. Most initial applications for disability benefits are denied. But you can fight back.
Contact Corey Pollard today for help with your initial application or appeal. We’ve helped thousands of disabled adults and children in Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach get the benefits they deserve.
Your consultation is free and there is no attorney’s fee unless you win your case. You have nothing to lose.