Ohio residents who have a frozen shoulder may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, this assumes that there is medical evidence to support the diagnosis. Furthermore, they must be able to show that they have not been able to work for the past 12 months or will not be able to over the next 12 months. An examiner will consider the impact that the injury has on an applicant’s ability to obtain gainful employment.
A person who has bilateral frozen shoulders may be approved for benefits based on that impairment alone. However, others may need to show that other impairments along with a frozen shoulder make it difficult to obtain employment. A person’s age, education and previous work history will likely be used to determine what type of work he or she may be able to do.
An applicant may be approved for benefits if he or she lacks skills that could be transferred to another job. The person who reviews an application will be looking to see how the injury impairs the claimant’s ability to work. An applicant will ideally answer this question by providing medical records. Medical records could include doctor statements, test results or anything else that could prove that a person is functionally impaired.
Those who have an inability to work because of an injury may be entitled to SSD benefits. In some cases, individuals may be entitled to payments retroactive to when they became disabled. An attorney may be able to review a disability case and help a person obtain a favorable outcome. A legal representative may be able to help gather medical records, file paperwork and take other steps to prepare a case.