Other Injuries

There are many types of serious injuries that may qualify individuals for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits. Even if your specific injury is not found on the Social Security Administration’s list of SSD disabilities, you can hire an experienced SSD attorney to help you convince the Administration that your injury is permanent and prevents you from employment. Examples of other injuries that may be considered for benefits include carpal tunnel syndrome and orthopedic injuries.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops as a result of repeated use of the hands and fingers. Common in people who type or work with their hands on a daily basis, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause severe pain, numbness/tingling, and loss of dexterity. Some people are able to find relief with treatment measures like arm braces and surgery, but the condition can also worsen and prevent people from performing job-related activities. Additional debilitating effects of carpal tunnel include:

  • Poor coordination in the hands
  • Extreme weakness in fingers and hands
  • Weak gripping strength
  • Swelling and inflammation of the hands
  • Pain in the arms, shoulders and wrists
  • Lack of precision during hand/finger movement

Orthopedic Injuries

Injuries of the musculoskeletal system, called orthopedic injuries, include bone fractures, sprains, strains, whiplash, ligament tears, dislocations, and separations. Although many orthopedic injuries are highly treatable, serious bone, joint, muscle, or ligament injuries can cause permanent disability, especially in individuals with repeat damage or elderly people with degenerative complications like arthritis.

In some cases, unsuccessful orthopedic surgeries may worsen the original problem an leave patients unable to return to the jobs they once had. Orthopedic injuries may involve the ankle, knee, shoulder, hip, wrist, and other joints. Disabling effects of orthopedic injuries include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Trouble walking, twisting, lifting, or gripping
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Limited range of motion
  • Increased risk of re-injury
  • Instability
  • Stiffness
  • Spasms
  • Muscle cramping

Hiring an SSD Lawyer to Prove Disability

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious and disabling injury, you should consult an attorney about your rights to disability benefits. Your attorney can evaluate your situation to see if you have a strong claim, and then guide you through the intensive SSD application process. Often the key to winning the benefits you need to cover lost income involves providing all of the right information along with your application. For injured applicants who’ve already filed and been denied, an experienced attorney can help you try again through the appeals process.

If you’d like to learn more about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, please visit our SSD attorney directory.