How Ability to Walk Affects Your Social Security Disability Claims – Indiana SSDI Lawyers
As Your Indiana Social Security Disability Attorneys, representing Hoosiers all over the State of Indiana out of our Indianapolis offices, we want to talk with you about how the ability to walk plays into your Social Security Disability application. First, when the Social Security Administration views the types of work available in the economy, they look at the following categories: Sedentary, Light, Medium, Heavy, and very Heavy. Each of these categories requires a certain amount of walking. The sedentary job requires the least amount of walking, about 2 hours a day. Now, what kind of walking are they talking about? In the language of the a Social Security Disability claim, the walking must be effective ambulation. This is the ability to walk over even surfaces at a reasonable speed, without your hand being used. So, if you require the use of two canes, a walker or crutches to walk, you cannot walk effectively. This is because you have to be able to carry things or hold onto a stair rail to walk effectively. Generally, the administration wants to know if you can walk from your house to your car, or the bus stop, with reasonable pace. They also want to know if you can walk from your car, or the bus stop to your place of work in a reasonable amount of time. If you can, congratulations, you can walk effectively. Places of employment such as GM, Anthem, and others may be able to use your services. If you cannot do these things, you are likely eligible for Social Security Disability.
Remember, the Social Security Administration is not going to take your word for it that you cannot walk effectively. You will require a doctor to confirm that you cannot walk effectively and why you cannot walk effectively. In other words, if your doctor is willing to write a note for you in support of your application, the doctor must include your diagnosis, abnormal signs and symptoms and why those issues make it impossible for you to ambulate effectively. Without this supporting information, the doctor’s report will do little good. If you have any questions about Social Security Disability, call John P. Young. He will talk to you personally, no paralegals. He will personally prepare you for your hearing and attend the hearing with you. With over 23 years of experience and hundreds of hearings personally attended, Mr. Young is the Indiana Social Security Lawyer to help you.