Your job may expose you to the possibility of suffering a burn from a chemical, an electrical or a thermal source. If you do end up with a serious burn, you might need weeks or months of treatment and recovery time. Like other workers who have suffered burns, you could turn to Social Security for disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration will not accept all burn cases. Like other illnesses and injuries, the SSA will evaluate your case to see if you qualify for disability. The SSA website describes what the agency looks at when determining if you should receive benefits for a burn injury.
Burns that limit your movement
Depending on their severity, burns can ravage your skin to the extent that they interfere with your ability to move your arms or legs. Burns on your hands can make it hard to pick up or hold objects, or conduct other actions necessary for work or daily activity. Additionally, burns on your feet can hamper walking. If these limitations last or your doctor expects them to last for at least 12 months or longer, Social Security may consider you eligible for disability.
Burns that damage other body systems
A burn can harm more than your skin. You could suffer damage to your respiratory system, your vocal cords, your digestive system, or your nervous system to name a few examples. The SSA explains that it will evaluate your burn by looking at the main feature of your impairment. So if you were to suffer a burn to the throat that makes it harder to breathe, Social Security would likely evaluate your condition primarily based on your respiratory problems.
Burns and psychological trauma
Experiencing a large burn can do more than physically harm you. It can damage your self-image. You may feel psychologically devastated by how your burn has ravaged parts of your body. If you suffer anxiety or PTSD due to your burn, it can impair your ability to work or function in everyday life. As such, you may have additional grounds to seek disability.