SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Filing a Social Security Disability Application - How to File & the Information that is Needed by SSA
Do you need a Lawyer at the Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Facts about Hip replacement surgery and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1. Hip replacement surgery is also called total hip arthroplasty.
2. Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the hip joint with a prosthetic implant made from metal or ceramic. The materials used are designed to be accepted by the body and resistant to wear and tear.
3. Hip replacement surgery, with subsequent rehabilitation therapy, helps relieve pain and stiffness and restore function in hip joints damaged from arthritis or severe injury.
4. Conditions that may cause need for hip surgery are arthritis, a broken hip, bone tumor, and inadequate blood supply (osteonecrosis) to the ball of the hip joint.
5. Surgery usually follows other attempts to treat hip pain, including pain killers, physical therapy and exercise, and walking aids like a cane. Once these attempts fail to relieve symptoms, surgery may be an option.
6. Symptoms that help determine the need for surgery include severe pain, especially when keeping you up at night and interfering with activity, difficulty with stairs, difficulty standing from a seated position and no effective help from pain medications or walkers.
7. Hip replacement surgery is over 90 percent effective, but high-impact activities like running may not be possible even after surgery. Surgery will reduce pain and increase motion in the joint, to eventually allow for lower impact activities such as bike riding and swimming.
8. The cost of hip replacement surgery in internationally accredited hospitals varies widely. The United States is among the most expensive ($41,500 - $56,000 or more) and India is among the least expensive ($7,000 - $9,000) places to receive accredited hip replacement surgery.
9. German doctors made the earliest attempts at hip replacement surgery in the late 1800s, using ivory to replace the ball of the femur. The first metal replacement was performed in the United States in 1940. Current hip replacement evolved from a Burmese doctor's 1960 replacement of the full ball and socket joint, using ivory.
10. Within one week of modern hip replacement surgery, patients who may not have been able to walk before the surgery can typically walk with support such as a cane.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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