Having a hip replaced may qualify you for disability benefits.
A hip replacement is a major surgery that can cause significant pain and inconvenience to the patient. In cases where a hip replacement is expected to result in an inability to walk for over a year, the patient may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
Hip replacement surgery is usually done in severe cases of arthritis, osteonecrosis, or injury.
When disease or injury limits the range of motion in the hip, an artificial replacement can offer the patient the ability to move with less pain.
While technology can provide many patients with the ability to walk again, the hip is one of the largest, most complicated joints in the body.
A replacement made of plastic or metal is unlikely to perfectly replicate the natural abilities of the hip. 95% of hip replacement patients experience pain relief, but there is a minority of patients who experience side effects that leave them worse off than they were before.
Most candidates for hip replacement surgery already are facing limited mobility.
However, when a hip replacement surgery fails, it can ruin the patient’s ability to walk. The Social Security Administration grants benefits for hip replacements on the basis of “effective ambulation”. Effective ambulation is more than just the ability to walk. The Social Security Administration recognizes that being able to walk around one’s home is not the same as being able to work. Effective ambulation is the ability to sustain a reasonable pace over a sufficient distance to carry out the activities of daily living. This means being able to travel without the use of assistive devices (walkers, crutches or canes) on rough or uneven surfaces and the ability to climb a few steps.
The Social Security Administration has a listing of disorders which qualify for benefits.
Hip replacements are specifically listed under Musculoskeletal System 1.03. If a hip replacement surgery results in “the inability to ambulate effectively…and return to effective ambulation did not occur, or is not expected to occur, within 12 months of onset” then the applicant is likely to be automatically approved for disability benefits. However, even if the applicant does not meet this standard, they may be potentially approved for benefits if they can show that their condition prevents them from working and is expected to prevent them from working for at least a year.
If you have had a hip replaced you may qualify for disability benefits. Contact an experienced Long Term Disability lawyer at 512-454-4000
Surgery is usually effective for relief of hip pain.
However, because of the risks involved, it is often used as last resort- after medications and lifestyle changes. A failed hip replacement surgery is an expensive and painful problem. A hip replacement procedure and subsequent physical therapy can cost $50,000 or more. Losing your ability to work after such an expense can be financially disastrous. While most hip replacement surgeries are successful, many are not. Older people in particular tend to take longer to recover and have a higher risk of complications after a hip replacement surgery.
If you have undergone hip replacement surgery, and are now unable to work, you may be entitled to Long Term Disability Insurance or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Applying for benefits can be a difficult process. Roughly two-thirds of initial claims are denied. Appealing a claim can take months or even years. It helps to have a long term disability lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed have experience helping Texans win their disability claims. Our office services central Texas including Harris county, Bexar county, Denton county, and the cities of Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you have a Long Term Disability claim or a Social Security Disability claim, contact our office today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
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