Fractures of an Upper Extremity
In some cases, SSA will award disability benefits as a result of an upper extremity non-union (non-healing) fracture such as the humerus radius or ulna. Most fracture claims of the upper extremity that SSA evaluates are the result of trauma such as a motor vehicle accident. Upper extremity fractures may also be associated with weakness of bones as a result of disease such as a tumor. SSA has special rules in evaluating this type of impairment. Essential to winning benefits as a result of a fracture to an upper extremity is ongoing care of a surgeon who his attempting to treat a non-healed fracture. These types of cases can be difficult to win disability benefits and it is recommended that consideration be given to retaining an attorney who has experience with social security disability cases.