How a Torn Rotator Cuff Injury Can Lead to SSDI Benefits

While some work-related injuries can occur after a serious accident, other injuries develop over time. One example of this type of injury is a torn rotator cuff. This type of injury results from repetitive stress over time. However, because a torn rotator cuff is not listed as a specific impairment by the SSA, you may need help from an experienced Social Security (SSDI) attorney if you wish to receive benefits.

1. How a Rotator Cuff Tear Occurs

This type of injury results from damages to your tendons and muscles in your shoulders. While you might suffer a rotator cuff tear as a result of a sudden event such as a fall, you are more likely to suffer it from repetitive motions such as lifting and throwing. 

You may experience pain all the time. However, you will likely experience the most pain when you are reaching over your head, lifting, or pulling. You may also struggle to sleep when you sleep on the wrong side. Insomnia might affect your ability to work.

2. How the SSA Sees a Torn Rotator Cuff

The Social Security Administration (SSA) views a torn rotator cuff injury as a severe injury. However, it is not officially considered a qualifying condition and most individuals who suffer from a rotator cuff tear will have a hard time being considered qualified without the help of an experienced SSDI attorney.

You will want your medical records to demonstrate that you have suffered the injury and that will also detail the pain level that you are experiencing. The medical evidence should be supported by objective tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, and CAT scans. 

3. How to Get Approved

Once you have the evidence in hand, you will need to prove that your injuries cause you severe pain that will prevent you from working. Ideally, you will want the opinion of a medical professional that you should not be working. Also, your injuries should last for longer than 12 months.

If you are not able to perform the work that you currently perform and are not able to train for another line of work, you may be entitled to SSDI benefits. If you suffer a serious injury, you may not be able to use your affected arm and this might last longer than a week. At this point, you should see a doctor immediately and you should then consider consulting with an SSDI lawyer.