Orthopedic medicine is a branch of the medical field which regards injuries to joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Orthopedic injuries can be extremely painful and require months of rehabilitative efforts to correct the condition. For someone working in a physically demanding job, suffering from an orthopedic injury can result in the need for Social Security disability benefits as maintaining the employment position could prove too painful and restrictive. Get the guidance you need from a knowledgeable Santa Ana disability lawyer.

The Social Security Administration has promulgated a number of requirements for applicants attempting to receive disability benefits. To begin, you are not eligible for benefits unless your injury is likely to last longer than one year. This can be determined by your treating physician who will examine your orthopedic condition and issue a medical opinion as to the longevity of the injury. If your injury is likely to last less than 12 months, you must obtain benefits elsewhere, as the Social Security Administration does not offer short-term Social Security benefits.

The Social Security Administration will refer to its Blue Book for diagnostic information relevant to your condition or injury. For example, in order to qualify for benefits with an orthopedic injury, you and your Santa Ana disability lawyer would likely refer to the musculoskeletal portion of the book. In this section, someone suffering from a joint disability would need the following characteristics to qualify:

Major dysfunction of a joint(s) (due to any cause): Characterized by gross anatomical deformity (e.g., subluxation, contracture, bony or fibrous ankylosis, instability) and chronic joint pain and stiffness with signs of limitation of motion or other abnormal motion of the affected joint(s), and findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging of joint space narrowing, bony destruction, or ankylosis of the affected joint(s). With:

A. Involvement of one major peripheral weight-bearing joint (i.e., hip, knee, or ankle), resulting in inability to ambulate effectively
OR
B. Involvement of one major peripheral joint in each upper extremity (i.e., shoulder, elbow, or wrist-hand), resulting in inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively.

This complex definition should give you an idea of how specific the Social Security Administration is with regard to the diagnostic requirements for benefits. If you would like to speak to dedicated Santa Ana disability lawyer Sima Aghai, please call 888-954-0064 for a FREE consultation.
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