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Qualifying for Disability With a Soft Tissue Injury

by Layla Bryant

Most Americans will experience soft tissue injuries at one point in their lives. However, certain types of soft tissue injuries, such as burns, can make it difficult to work and you may need to file a disability claim so that you can receive benefits through the SSDI program.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Disability

In some cases, soft tissue injuries are so severe that they can lead to severe pain that can prevent the homeowner from being able to continue working. For example, you may be unable to sit for an extended period of time and may be unable to work a desk job as a result.

If you are not able to work due to your soft-tissue injuries, and you don't expect to be able to work for over a year, you should speak with a disability lawyer. You may be entitled to SSDI benefits. However, soft tissue injuries can be more difficult to prove and your claim is more likely to be denied on the first try.

SSA Guidelines

The Social Security Administration has guidelines for soft tissue injuries. The burn must be on an upper or lower extremity, trunk, face, or head. You will need to undergo surgery to attempt to restore function to your body. After the surgery, you might discover that it is impossible to restore function. 

To prove that you are so injured that you will be unable to work, you must provide the SSA with medical documents, written statements by your physicians, or written statements by your surgeons. Also, when filling out any forms that will be submitted to the SSA, make sure that you are thorough and accurate. If you're not certain, it's always helpful to consult with a disability lawyer.

How to Respond to a Denial

The majority of applications to the SSA are denied. However, by going through the appeals process, the majority of applications will be approved. You'll always want to consult with a disability lawyer about how you may maximize your chances of having your benefits approved. If you are filing an appeal, you may need a disability lawyer to represent you during a hearing.

In most cases, an individual with a soft tissue injury can work within a year or will at least recover. Therefore, you will need help from a disability lawyer who can help you prove that you will not recover as quickly as required to not qualify.