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Burns and Social Security Disability Benefits
Burns are a type of injury to the skin that can occur for various reasons. It can be due to exposure to heat, electricity, radiation, chemicals, or friction. Most cases usually stay local to the skin, but depending on the severity of the burn, the damage could penetrate deeper. Symptoms of burns vary because of the different levels of severity. There are first, second, third, and fourth degree burns. First degree burns are characterized by redness and pain; usually only last a week or less. Second degree burns may last 2 to 3 weeks and have the same symptoms as first except for the fact the blisters form as well. Third degree burns often involve cutting out the affected area because they leave the affected areas dry and leathery; the pain level progresses with each degree of burn. Fourth degree burns are the worse you can suffer because they go deeper than the skin and can often leave the affected area charred/blackened. Amputation is not uncommon with fourth degree burns.
Infection is the biggest underlying issue when it comes to burns. Blisters can split and leave open sores that are more prone to infection.
Burns and Social Security Disability Help
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 8.08, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
8.08Burns, with extensive skin lesions that have lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months (see 8.00F).
Burns can be disfiguring and can make work difficult for the sufferer. The pain involved, especially depending on the affected area (arms or legs) can make work very cumbersome. Also, the risk for infection rises significantly because the skin is essentially non-existent due to the damage caused.
To increase your chances of winning your Social Security Disability claim it is important for you to hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to get you the Social Security Disability help you deserve. Please call us today at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a form on our website for a FREE claim evaluation.