What is Amputations?
Definition of Amputations
Lower extremity and upper extremity amputation can be caused by trauma, atheroslcerosis, and mellitus. While the cause for the amputation is irrelevant the result and functionality after the amputation is very important. The SSA will examine the claimant’s ability to function as a basis for awarding disability benefits. For all purposes children are treated the same way as adults in regard to amputations.
For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:
- Amputation of both hands; OR
- Amputation of one or both lower extremities at or above the ankle and an inability to walk effectively; OR
- Amputation of one hand and one lower extremity at or above the ankle along with the inability to walk effectively; OR
- Hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation.