Question: Do amputees qualify for disability?

Social Security disability benefits for amputees are available. If your amputation continues to prevent you from working or living independently, then you may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administrations program.

What amputation qualifies for disability?

The fact that you have had a body extremity amputated does not automatically qualify you for disability benefits. The only exception to this rule is if you have both hands amputated, a leg amputated up through the hip joint (hip disarticulation), or a pelvic amputation (hemipelvectomy).

Is having one leg a disability?

For example, those who have had both hands amputated, the amputation of one leg up to the hip, or the amputation of both legs may automatically qualify for disability benefits. For those whose amputations are not listed in the Blue Book, you are not disqualified from receiving benefits.

Is a prosthetic leg a disability?

If you have a prosthetic limb that allows you to walk effectively, your application for Social Security disability benefits may be denied. However, you may be eligible for benefits if you can prove that even with a prosthetic limb: You are limited in the amount of time that you can stand or walk.

Can an amputee live alone?

With training, living aids and ongoing support, amputees can return to their independent lives. They can participate in sports, cook, drive — whatever they want. The effect of independence goes beyond just physical rehabilitation — it is also vital for emotional rehabilitation.

Do amputees live a shorter life?

Mortality following amputation ranges from 13 to 40% in 1 year, 35–65% in 3 years, and 39–80% in 5 years, being worse than most malignancies.

Why do amputees have a shorter lifespan?

Post-traumatic lower limb amputees have an increased morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease. Psychological stress, insulin resistance, and behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use, and physical inactivity are prevalent in traumatic lower limb amputees.

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