Riverside, CA asked in Social Security for California

Q: I have a prosthetic elbow from radial head excision. i can not bend my arm or rotate i have pain from my neck to my hand

Am i eligible for social security disability

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) in the United States depends on how your condition affects your ability to work. With a prosthetic elbow and the symptoms you've described, such as inability to bend your arm, rotate, and pain extending from your neck to your hand, it's important to consider how these impairments limit your job functions.

In assessing eligibility, the Social Security Administration (SSA) examines whether your condition is severe enough to significantly limit your ability to perform basic work activities. These activities include walking, sitting, standing, lifting, and remembering. If your condition prevents you from doing your previous work or adjusting to other work, you might qualify for SSD benefits.

It's advisable to gather comprehensive medical documentation of your condition. This documentation should detail the extent of your disability, including medical assessments and treatment histories. This information is crucial for the SSA to understand the full impact of your condition on your daily life and work capabilities.

Applying for SSD can be a complex process, and it might be beneficial to seek guidance from a professional experienced in disability law. They can help you navigate the application process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is complete and accurately reflects your situation. Remember, each case is unique, and the outcome depends on the specifics of your medical condition and work history.

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