SSA Listing 1.20 - Benefits for Amputation Due To Any Cause
Amputation is a life-altering event that can have a profound impact on an individual's physical, emotional, and financial well-being. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the challenges faced by individuals who have undergone amputations and provides disability benefits under specific circumstances. In this blog post, we will explore SSA Listing 1.20, which outlines the criteria for individuals with amputations to qualify for disability benefits.
Understanding the Criteria:
To meet the requirements of SSA Listing 1.20, individuals must fulfill the following documented criteria:
A. Amputation of Both Upper Extremities or Hemipelvectomy/Hip Disarticulation:
Amputation of both upper extremities, occurring at any level at or above the wrists up to and including the shoulder joint.
Hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation.
B. Amputation of One Upper Extremity and One Lower Extremity:
Amputation of one upper extremity at any level at or above the wrist joint, and amputation of one lower extremity at or above the ankle joint.
Medical documentation must also support at least one of the following:
A documented medical need for assistive devices such as walkers, bilateral canes, or bilateral crutches, or a wheeled and seated mobility device involving the use of both hands.
A documented medical need for a one-handed, hand-held assistive device requiring the use of the other upper extremity or a wheeled and seated mobility device involving the use of one hand.
The inability to use the remaining upper extremity to independently initiate, sustain, and complete work-related activities involving fine and gross movements.
C. Amputation of One or Both Lower Extremities with Complications:
Amputation of one or both lower extremities at or above the ankle joint.
Presence of complications in the residual limb(s) that have lasted or are expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
Medical documentation must include the inability to use a prosthesis(es) and a documented medical need for assistive devices such as walkers, bilateral canes, or bilateral crutches, or a wheeled and seated mobility device involving the use of both hands.
Amputation is a life-changing event, but it does not have to mean the end of financial stability and support. SSA Listing 1.20 recognizes the unique challenges faced by individuals who have undergone amputations and provides disability benefits for those who meet the specific criteria. If you believe you qualify under SSA Listing 1.20, consult with your healthcare provider and consider seeking legal assistance to navigate the application process effectively. Remember, you have the right to access the support you need to rebuild your life and embrace new possibilities after amputation.