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Were You Denied SSDI in New Hampshire After Surgery on a Weight-Bearing Joint?

Surgery is never a fun experience. The idea of going under the knife and under anesthesia is frightening for many people. However, no matter how uneasy you might be before your surgery, you know that a positive result will help you get your life back.

Standing, crouching, kneeling, lifting, jumping, or walking becomes difficult when you have an injury on a weight-bearing joint. For this reason, you may be unable to work for an extended period of time. This often spurs people to file for Social Security disability income (SSDI) benefits in New Hampshire to help get support during this trying time. If your application is denied, though, you may worry how you will get the resources you need.

How to Qualify for SSDI After Surgery on a Weight-Bearing Joint

Qualifying for SSDI requires that you meet certain criteria put in place by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, these criteria are very stringent and often require specific medical evidence and documentation to prove. The SSA will not tell you what is needed, which can make it harder to know how to apply.

It’s difficult to win approval of SSDI benefits for a damaged weight-bearing joint. Often it takes a surgical error or a worsening of your injury to be approved. Here is what you must show in order to qualify:

  • You will be out of work for over 12 months.
  • You have followed all doctor recommendations and attended all doctor appointments.
  • You followed all post-surgery treatment and therapy orders from your doctor.


Showing each of these is enormously difficult. If you don’t, you may be denied the benefits you need.

What to Do After You Were Denied SSDI in New Hampshire

If you were denied SSDI in New Hampshire and you believe you qualify, there are a few things you can do.

  • Talk to a Social Security disability lawyer before submitting your appeal. After your application was denied, you want to be sure that the appeal you submit is exactly what the SSA needs in order to reverse its decision. Talk to a lawyer before you submit your appeal so that you can be sure everything is in place and you are not missing any essential pieces in your file.
  • Talk to your doctor. Your doctor might be familiar with the application process. With a doctor’s note, detailed medical records, and other information available from your doctor, you can supplement your appeal with plenty of medical evidence. This makes it harder for you to be denied a second time around.


If you do not qualify under the SSA’s listing but are still unable to work for an extended period of time, there are other options. Work with your New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyer to learn more about what is available and how to get the benefits you need.

Do you know someone who just had a negative result from surgery on a weight-bearing joint? Please share this article with him so that he may get the benefits he needs.


John L. Keefe
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