For most people who are seeking Social Security disability in New Jersey, it’s not a question of how much work you can do—it’s how much you are able to move. Not only can the physical demands of your job cause an accident, they can make working while injured impossible—leaving workers no choice but to file for disability payments while they undergo treatment.

Social Security disability covers many different types of bodily injuries. One of the major categories of injury is prohibitive musculoskeletal injury—severe bodily injury that prevents the victim’s movement so drastically that he is unable to earn a living. While many of these injuries are caused by a sudden traumatic incident, they may also be heredity or caused by an underlying degenerative condition. 

Social Security disability benefits may be given to victims who are suffering:

  • Bone fractures. While some minor bone breaks may allow victims to continue working while healing, fractures in the pelvis, fingers, legs, or arms may seriously limit an employee’s ability to perform job functions. 
  • Joint problems. Injuries to the shoulders, ankles, knees, or elbows may significantly limit a worker’s dexterity and range of motion.
  • Soft tissue injuries. If a worker suffers a serious burn or exposure to toxic chemicals, his increased sensitivity may prohibit him from returning to his daily working environment until he has recovered.
  • Spinal disorders. Spinal injuries may be permanent or temporary and include nerve impingement, spinal cord damage, and paralysis.
  • Amputation. The amputation of an arm, leg, hand, or foot will likely require surgery and extensive rehabilitation as the victim learns to cope with the loss.
  • Surgical recovery. Workers who are unable to walk or bear their own weight during surgical recovery may receive benefits until they are fully mobile.

It is important to remember that this list is not exhaustive. Any person whose injury restricts his ability to move, walk, or perform daily work duties may be eligible for Social Security payments. To find out if you could receive disability payments while you are out of work, call Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. today at (877) 360-0183 for your FREE consultation.

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