You or a loved one has been burned severely, on top of the large medical bills and dealing with insurance you realize there is little to no money coming into the family for day to day living, and you realize you will never work again, Is there hope? Absolutely, I have represented burn clients in the past and continue to do so, I have found through disability representation that burn clients have far more health problems than most people would assume, besides the difficult and painful surgeries and recovery from burns, there are generally far more health problems that must be presented to the Social Security Disability judge.
The first such additional condition that most people do not think about is breathing, many of my burn clients have had to go on supplied oxygen to help with their breathing. In an explosion, sometimes the flames are quiet literally burning the lungs through the windpipe, once the lungs are scared it can be difficult, if not impossible to breath without the use of oxygen. Many clients involved with burns suffer permanent scarring of the lungs. As one might think, many employers simply will not allow you to work at their place of business, if you require the assistance of an oxygen tank.
The second problem is how the environment affects the burned areas of your body. Many people do not realize that many burned areas of the body once repaired, do not contain sweat glands, thus the client applying for disability cannot sweat, and must avoid heat and direct sunlight, this severely impairs the chances of being employed, and may eliminate any and all chances of employment. Likewise cold weather can affect a burn client’s skin as well, many if not all burn clients of mine must avoid cold weather as well as hot weather.
The third element that arises in burn cases is the scarring and mental aspects that many people suffer as a result. While the scares are visible, the mental aspects are not so visible, however this can be shown by a doctors observation of you or your loved one or family member. A medical professional can evaluate your mental condition as it relates to your disability.
If you need assistance in your disability claim, please feel free to give the law office a call at 1 (877) 271-2633 or call local at (615) 308-2633.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Esq.