A new generation of prosthetic devices is helping disabled patients who have lost a limb touch and feel again. Recent research conducted in Denmark successfully tested a prosthetic device that actually allows a person to touch and “feel” an object.
The device is based on sensors, the transmission of signals between the sensors, and a computerized system that allows the person’s brain to actually sense objects. This new innovation, like so many others in the area of prosthetic devices, is breaking new ground in this field, and promises to help persons who have lost a limb due to an amputation injury live more productive lives.
Amputation injuries can be eligible for Social Security disability claims. Broadly, if your amputation involves both hands, one leg or both legs, or one hand and one leg, or one leg up to the hip, you could be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The nature of the injury, however, is not the key factor in processing your claim. The Social Security Administration specifically looks at whether your amputation injury prevents you from working and earning a living.
You do not have to have serious amputation injuries that involve hands and legs for you to be disabled enough to work. There are other types of amputation injuries that could impact your ability to work and could, therefore, result in an approved claim. So your injuries could still make you eligible for Social Security disability benefits as long as your injury prevents you from working–not just in your earlier job–but in any other type of work.
M. Stanley Whitehead is a Social Security disability benefits attorney in Houston, Texas, committed to representing persons who have had their disability claims rejected, and helping them recover the benefits that are rightfully theirs.