Social Security Administration Classification vs. Schedule Loss of Use Awards

Our attorneys have years of experience working with disability laws and regulations

When dealing with Social Security claims, it is important to understand the various forms of disability and the impact of each. There are many different classifications that can be used depending on the extent of the injury and your ability to maintain gainful employment. At Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC we help clients become familiar with complex disability laws that often use terminology that is new to you. We take the time to get to know our clients on a personal, individual level to find out your needs and explore your legal options.

It is crucial to understand the various disability classifications used by the SSA

Our attorneys can review medical records and relevant evidence in your claim to ensure your disability qualifies for one of the narrowly defined disability classifications. There are several factors taken into consideration when determining your disability qualifications, such as whether the injury is permanent or temporary and whether your disability is total or partial. Here is an outline of classification types:


  • Temporary Total Disability – The injured workers wage-earning capacity is lost entirely for a temporary amount of time
  • Temporary Partial Disability – The injured workers wage-earning capacity is partially lost for a temporary amount of time
  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – The injured workers wage-earning capacity is permanently and completely lost
  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) – Part of the injured workers wage-earning capacity is permanently lost
  • Disfigurement – This involves serious and permanent disfigurement to the face, head or neck


Our attorneys aggressively pursue optimal benefits for your Schedule Loss of Use award

If you are unable to achieve the same level of use in a body as you had prior to injury, you may be eligible for Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) payments. SLU is a special category of PPD that involves the loss of eyesight, hearing, or loss of use of part of the body. The compensation you receive is based on a schedule set by law that limits each type of loss to a number of weeks depending on severity. SLU payments are awarded once you have achieved Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) for your work-related injuries, as determined by a doctor. You can receive payments even if you never missed time away from work or if you have already returned. Our dedicated attorneys and legal team can help you maximize your potential for benefits and receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Contact Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC for workers' comp and SSD representation

Coping with you disability while trying to handle your claim is difficult and frustrating, which makes having a knowledgeable attorney at your side crucial to getting you the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys at Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC have vast experience and can help you understand the difference between classifications and scheduled losses of use, along with your legal options for each. We provide services in Spanish and English, so contact us today at our offices in Brooklyn and Staten Island.