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How the SSA Determines Whether a Claimant Can Ambulate Effectively

  • Published: December 12, 2012

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits and have a physical condition that makes it difficult to walk, your Ocala Social Security disability attorney can prove your case by showing that you cannot effectively ambulate.

The Test for Effective Ambulation

The common belief amongst disability claimants is that in order for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine that you cannot ambulate effectively, you must rely on a walker or two canes.  On the contrary, the SSA acknowledges that not all claimants with an extreme inability to ambulate necessarily use assistive devices.

The real test the SSA uses to determine whether a claimant can ambulate effectively is to see whether the claimant can walk a block at a reasonable pace on rough or uneven surfaces. If the SSA determines that the claimant cannot effectively engage in such an activity, then the claimant will most likely be deemed disabled under the Musculoskeletal Listing Section 1.02A, regardless of whether he or she is using any assistive device.

In order to provide the SSA with the necessary information it needs to make such a determination, it is imperative that your Ocala Social Security disability attorney provides as much detailed evidence as possible.

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If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits and have a physical impairment that limits your mobility, it is critical that you understand how the SSA will evaluate your claim. For more information or to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with Ocala Social Security disability attorney CJ Henry, call the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at (352) 304-5300.

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