If you’ve fractured your leg and pelvis, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Individuals who suffer a fracture to the femur, tibia, pelvis, or tarsal bones are eligible for benefits if a solid union of the fracture does not occur and the individual cannot walk effectively as a result. To determine whether a person is able to walk effectively, Social Security will look to see whether the person is reporting problems with walking, balance, leg weakness, or falling in their medical records and will also look to see whether they have been prescribed a cane, walker, or wheelchair by a doctor. If a person’s ability to ambulate effectively returns within 12 months of the onset of the condition, benefits will not be paid on this condition alone. However, this problem, coupled with other problems, could still be disabling if, in combination, they keep a person from working full-time.
Overall, Social Security looks to see whether the problems a person is having prevents them from working any full-time job that exists in the United States. This can be a tough standard to meet. Although the road to receiving Social Security Disability Benefits is long and frustrating, an Attorney can help make sure these standards are being met and can make the process less confusing and stressful.