Hip Replacement

Hip replacement, or total hip arthroplasty, is a common surgical procedure usually performed on aging patients to combat weakness, stiffness, deformity, arthritis, and range of motion problems in the hips. This type of surgery is usually recommended when bone loss, disease, or physical injury negatively affects the hip joints and causes ongoing pain or discomfort.

Disabling Effects of Hip Replacement

Unfortunately, hip replacement surgery is not without its flaws. Recipients of new, synthetic hip joints experience a variety of complications that can make simple tasks difficult. The effects of a bad hip replacement may be so severe as to limit an individual’s ability to move, sit, stand, and reach. Patients who are significantly affected may be determined to be disabled, potentially making them eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Insurance benefits.

Hip replacement patients may experience the following health problems after surgery that impact their quality of life:

  • Blood clots
  • Hip dislocation
  • Infection of the surgery site
  • Hip joint dislocation
  • Hip breakage
  • Loose hip joint
  • Uneven gait
  • Stiff hip joint

If you’re thinking of applying for SSD, make sure your disability is well documented with extensive medical records, testing results, and physician-signed paperwork.

Hiring an Attorney to Prove Hip Replacement Disability

Although hip replacement is on the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments, you will still need to persuade the Administration that your hip replacement complication impacts your life significantly and prevents you from performing job-related activities.

When you hire an SSD lawyer, you can relax with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your case is being guarded by an experienced legal professional. Many times, applying for hip replacement disability alone can mean you miss certain requirements or deadlines. With the help of a trained lawyer, you can improve your odds of getting approved for SSD benefits. Your lawyer can also work to get you your benefits as soon as possible, with the maximum monthly benefit amount.

If you have complications from a hip replacement and want to see if you are a candidate for Social Security Disability Insurance, please contact a Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer right away.