Amputation is the partial or total removal of an extremity of the body. Amputation is used in some circumstances to manage disease, such as amputation of non-viable toes in individuals with gangrene. Amputation also can be the result of trauma, such as traffic accidents or labor injuries.
The effect of amputation on an individual’s functioning depends on the type of amputation and the ability, if any, to use a prosthetic device. Prostheses are artificial devices that replace a missing body part. Prostheses exist for both upper and lower extremity amputations, with various designs to accommodate amputations at a variety of levels. There are a number of different designs and mechanisms available to tailor to specific needs.
Social Security Medical Listing 1.05 – Amputation
Potentially disabling amputations are assessed under Social Security Medical Listing 1.05. If you have had both hands amputated, or have had a hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation, you may be entitled to benefits on that basis alone. You may also be found disabled if you have had at least one lower extremity amputated above the tarsal region and as a result of stump complications cannot use a prosthesis to ambulate effectively. Individuals with amputations that do not precisely meet the criteria of Medical Listing 1.05 can still be found disabled.
Your representative can help you determine whether your condition is severe enough to qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration.