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Surgery on limbs and the chance of being approved for disability

If you have major surgery on one or more limbs, do you have a shot at getting disability benefits?

It really depends on your level of functionality and on how this is thought to affect your ability to engage in your past work, and your ability to transition to other types of work that are considered suitable based on your age, skills, education,and rated functional limitations.

For example, a disability examiner reads your medical records to determine your level of residual functional capacity (RFC). The rating you are given is compared to the demands of your past work (which is why it is important to give SSA a good detailed work history) to find out if you are able or unable to go back to a past job. If you can't do this, and you also can't do some type of other work, you may be approved.

Basically, having surgeries on arms or legs may or may not cause Social Security to find you disabled. It depends on your loss of function, i.e. the residual functional capacity you have remaining.

Very many individuals are found to be unable to go back to their past work as a result of the medical vocational decision process used by SSA, but are then denied on the basis of being able to do some type of other work based on their skills and education. This is, in part, why so many cases are denied at the first two levels of the system and then go to the hearing level where the case can be argued for approval.

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Social Security Disability SSI Requirements, Criteria, Eligibility
How to file for disability, How to apply for SSD or SSI benefits
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Social Security Disability - Permanent Disability
How to Claim Disability Benefits through Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
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Social Security Disability Status on a pending claim
Working and Disability - Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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