Avascular necrosis causes bone deterioration and pain, limiting mobility and dexterity in some cases. If you cannot work in Pittsburgh because of avascular necrosis, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. You could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The Pittsburgh legal team from Berger and Green knows what it takes to secure the Social Security disability for Avascular necrosis benefits you deserve. Let us review your claim and help you file it, or fight a denial of your initial claim. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Getting Approved Based on Your Diagnosis and Symptoms
The Social Security Administration publishes a book of qualifying impairments called the Blue Book. There is no entry for avascular necrosis in the Blue Book, but you may still qualify if you suffered damage to a major joint because of the condition. Most people who meet an impairment listing for avascular necrosis qualify under Section 1.02 – Major Dysfunction of a Joint.
Under this impairment listing, you may be able to get disability if you can prove:
- This joint is weight-bearing and limits mobility; or
- The condition affects an upper extremity and limits your abilities.
In addition, you will need to show:
- The affected join suffers a “major ”
- You have chronic pain and stiffness in the joint.
- Your doctor has documented a limited range of motion in the joint.
If you underwent a hip transplant and still cannot walk because of avascular necrosis, you may qualify under Section 1.03 instead.
To prove you meet these qualifications, the disability examiner handling your case will request your medical records from your doctors and look for pertinent evidence like x-rays and MRI images. We can help you ensure you have the correct contact information on your claim before we file it.
You Can Get Disability Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
If you cannot work because of your symptoms but do not meet the strict criteria under any impairment listing, you may be able to get approved for benefits based on your residual functional capacity (RFC). Your RFC considers:
- Your remaining abilities despite your disability.
- Your age.
- Your training, education, and experience.
- The types of work you can do.
- How long you can work.
- How often you can work.
- If you can work with accommodations.
There are three ways the Office of Disability Determination Services may evaluate your RFC:
- A doctor from the agency can assess your RFC based on your application materials and medical records.
- Your doctor can assess your RFC based on their knowledge of your case.
- You can attend a consultative exam scheduled and paid for by the Social Security Administration.
If any of these methods conclude that you cannot work any job you might get, you will likely be approved for disability. Alternatively, you may be approved if you can work but require accommodations.
You Must Also Meet All Technical Qualifications for the Disability Program
Each disability program has its own technical requirements you must meet before you get approved for benefits. The local Social Security field office will check to ensure you meet these qualifications before they forward your claim to the Office of Disability Determination Services. If you do not, you will receive a technical denial.
Social Security Disability Insurance
SSDI bridges the gap between working and qualifying for Social Security retirement benefits. It is only available if the person paid into Social Security taxes through their job. Paying these taxes earns you work credits, and you must have a certain number of work credits to get SSDI.
Supplemental Security Income
SSI, on the other hand, does not have a work credit requirement. It is a need-based program and considers only your household income and assets when you apply. However, these limits are very low, and you could receive a technical violation if you make too much money.
We Can Help You Fight a Social Security Disability for Avascular Necrosis Denial
It is not uncommon for the Social Security Administration to deny an initial claim for benefits. It happens to about two-thirds of all applicants nationwide. Many can file an appeal and get approval through that process.
If you received a denial notice, act quickly. You only have a short time to request an appeal hearing. Reach out to us as soon as possible. We can request this hearing on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so. We will also:
- Answer any questions and concerns you have about your case.
- Investigate why the Social Security Administration denied your initial claim.
- Collect evidence and build a strong case for approving you for benefits.
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your case.
- Present a strong case during your hearing.
- Fight for your monthly benefits and full back pay.
Recovering Compensation for a Personal Injury Accident
In some cases, the damage done by avascular necrosis is made worse by injuries from a fall, car accident, or other personal injury accident. If this happened to you, you may be eligible for additional compensation.
Berger and Green founding partner Laurence B. Green has fought for fair payouts for the victims of Pennsylvania personal injury accidents for more than 40 years. Let us review your case for free and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 412-661-1400.
Getting Social Security Disability for Avascular Necrosis in Pittsburgh, PA
If you cannot work because of chronic pain, limited range of motion, or loss of mobility related to your avascular necrosis, the Berger and Green disability attorneys can help. We offer free initial consultations.
Call or text our Pittsburgh, PA, office today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review.