, here: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/ssi/qualify-for-ssi.
If you meet the technical requirements for SSDI or SSI, you will then be evaluated based on medical criteria. These medical criteria can be found in the SSA's Blue Book. Essentially, the Blue Book is a list of qualifying
conditions and medical criteria. Burn injuries will be evaluated based on one of two listings.
"Injuries or burns to the soft tissue of his or her legs, arms, face, head, or trunk;
"Documentation that he or she is being treated by a surgeon to salvage or restore the functional use of the injured area;
"Records proving the limited functional use of injured areas, including an estimate as to when full functional use will be restored, if ever.
In the case of burn injuries that are no longer being treated by a surgeon, the applicant must meet Blue Book listing 8.08 (burns). To qualify under this listing an
applicant must prove that he or she has:
"Extensive skin lesions that have lasted-or are expected to last-at least one year.
It is important to realize that you will not qualify for disability benefits simply by meeting one of these two listings. You
must be able to provide medical proof of your injuries. This can include evaluations and reports from your physician, surgical records, records of physical therapy, prescriptions
and bills for medications and more. You should also ask your doctor or surgeon to provide a written statement describing your injuries and the limitations that they cause.
Social Security Disability Application Process
You can begin the application process on the SSA's website or in person at your local Social Security office.
It is important that you complete all paperwork completely and accurately. Provide as much detail as possible to avoid confusion and to explain the extent of your injuries.
Understand that your application may be denied. If this happens, it is not the end of the road. You have the right to appeal this decision within 60 days of receiving your denial notice. Although being denied is discouraging, statistics have shown that
applicants are more likely to be approved during the appeals process than during the initial application process.
Once you are approved for disability benefits, you will be able to focus on your recovery rather than your finances.
For more information about disability benefits, visit Social Security Disability Help or contact Michael Appleman, CEO at
firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Appleman will forward all the information to Molly Clarke
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