Shoulder Injuries

Social Security Disability for Shoulder Injuries

How To Apply For Social Security Disability For Shoulder Injuries

When it comes to shoulder injuries, the social security administration does not have a specific listing. This means that your ability to claim social security disability will depend on the injury and the limitations it causes. The severity of the impairment caused will play a major role in the SSA decision.

Disability for Shoulder Injury

Meeting The Requirements

While there is no specific listing of criteria for shoulder injuries, it is possible to be assessed under listing 1.02. This is the major dysfunction of a joint listing and many shoulder problems will fall under this. It is important to note that your impairment from the injury will need to have lasted 12 months or be predicted to last for at least 12 months.

If you are assessed under this listing, you will need to have one of 3 conditions which cause chronic pain and limits the usability of the arm. The first condition is a partial shoulder dislocation and the second is a partial or full fusing of the shoulder joint. Shoulder instability caused by shoulder separations and continuous dislocations or a weakness in the shoulder is the last.

When applying for disability, you will need to provide medical evidence of the fusing of joints or a narrowing of the space between the joints. If your shoulder injury does not meet the requirements exactly, you can still get disability if your condition is equivalent to the listing.

An example of an equivalent condition will be a dislocation of the shoulder that frequently occurs, but has not led to a narrowing of the space between the joints. This will stop you from meeting the listing criteria, but the frequent dislocation can equal the listing based on the effects being the same as the listed impairment. If the effects are not equal to the listed impairments, you cannot apply based on equivalent conditions.

An Inability To Return To Work

Not meeting the listing criteria does not mean that you are not eligible for disability. You may still be able to receive the benefit based on the fact that you cannot return to any type of work. To determine if this is the case, a residual functional capacity form will be used to assess your limitations.

The form will be combined with your education, age and work experience to determine if you can complete any job. It is important to note that if you have chronic shoulder pain due to your injury, this can affect your ability to return to work. Even a sedentary desk job might be impossible because it does require shoulder movement. Depending on the severity of the pain, it can also impair your ability to concentrate and focus at work.

When it comes to shoulder injuries, the severity of your pain will play a major factor in physical limitations. While this is the case, the evidence of your pain will need to go beyond your personal reports. You will need to show a medical sign or findings that the injury is causing pain.

Applying for social security disability based on a shoulder injury is possible. You will need to provide you have a certain type of injury or that your condition is equivalent to this.

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