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Effective Ambulation and Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Effective Ambulation

I applied for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration says that I can ambulate effectively, what does this mean? Have I lost my case?

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits and have a physical condition that makes it difficult to walk, then the government will try to determine just how limited you really are from moving around. Some physical conditions that diminish a claimant's ability to walk are: peripheral neuropathy, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, residuals of a stroke or heart attack, and a number of other serious debilitating medical conditions.

What will the government use to determine whether a claimant can ambulate effectively? The government will look at a number of different factors, including:

  • Can you carry out activities of daily living?
  • Can you travel by yourself?
  • Can you use public transportation?
  • Can you walk at a reasonable pace on rough or uneven surfaces?
  • Can you walk independently around your house without an assistive device?

One of the biggest things that the Social Security Administration will look at is the actual ambulatory aid that you may be using to move about. In other words, are you confined to a wheelchair or, must you use a cane, a walker, or crutches to get from one place to another. This is a very crucial point and it should be noted that in many cases a cane is not enough to prove that you ambulate ineffectively.

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits and have a physical condition that limits your mobility, it is important to understand how the government will evaluate your claim. Feel free to complete our no obligation free consultation form today. Our experienced attorney may be able to help you get the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve.

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