Typically, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are only available to those with long-term and severe medical issues. Terminal illnesses and permanent injuries can qualify someone for SSDI benefits. Temporary medical issues, regardless of how severe, usually do not qualify for benefits unless they last for at least a year.
Broken bones typically heal within a couple of months, meaning that they fall far short of the duration necessary for SSDI benefits. Still, there is a situation where a broken bone could lead to a successful SSDI claim.
When the break heals wrong and causes another medical condition
Sometimes, the trauma of a broken bone triggers something in your body. Instead of healing properly, the healing process results in damage to the tissue and issues with the nearby nerves. Individuals who suffer broken bones do occasionally develop complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
CRPS is debilitating enough to potentially end someone’s career. It also lasts for life and may progress or worsen over time. Warning signs of CRPS include the pain in the affected body part getting worse even when the bone heals, pain that persists and worsens for years, changes in skin color or texture, loss of strength and reduced range of motion.
Someone diagnosed with CRPS who has symptoms severe enough to prevent them from working can potentially qualify for SSDI benefits. They will typically need medical documentation affirming exactly how their symptoms manifest, as the severity of the condition differs from case to case.
Learning more about when serious injuries lead to successful SSDI benefits claims can help those who are considering applying.