Can You Ambulate Effectively?
One way that your Decatur Social Security disability lawyer can prove that you have a musculo-skeletal disability is by establishing that you cannot “ambulate” effectively, which means you are severely limited in your ability to walk.
In order to prove this, it's important to understand the Social Security regulations that guide this determination. The regulation seems to say that you must need a walker or two canes for the SSA to decide you cannot ambulate effectively, but that isn't true. Rather, the SSA recognizes that those with extreme inability to ambulate may not need assistive devices and states that even individuals who use a single cane may be disabled.
It's the Disability, Not the Device, That Counts
An excerpt from the SSA Office of Disability's training program on musculo-skeletal Listings clarifies this issue. In that material, the SSA provides a series of questions and answers including the following:
“Can there be situations where there is ineffective ambulation that meets Listing §1.02A when only one extremity is involved and only one cane or crutch is used?”
Answer: “The use of a cane(s) or crutch(es) is not a requirement to meet this listing …. It is important to remember that it is the medical inability to ambulate effectively, not the use of an assistive device(s), that establishes listing level severity. Therefore, when the listing criteria are met, a claimant's impairment can meet §1.02A even if he or she is not using any assistive device.”
Notably, the material mentions that the actual disability, rather than the assistive devices, is what makes or breaks the individual's case.
The real test to prove you cannot ambulate effectively is whether you can walk a block at a reasonable pace on rough or uneven surfaces. If you cannot, you will likely be considered disabled based on musculo-skeletal impairment listings.
Uphold your rights
If you are suffering from musculoskeletal disability, whether related to arthritis, joint dysfunction, back pain or another condition, you may be entitled to disability benefits. It's important to work with a qualified Decatur Social Security disability attorney to help you navigate the complicated Social Security disability process. Call 404-250-7000 to speak with a Decatur Social Security disability lawyer at the Law Office of Louis B. Lusk and get a free evaluation of your claim.