Proving arthritis and joint dysfunction for Social Security disability benefits can be difficult. Individuals who suffer from arthritis can oftentimes still walk around on their own. The Social Security Administration may focus on this fact to deny your claim. As a result, you will want to work with an Ocala Florida disability lawyer.
The Social Security regulations provide that your ability to ambulate must be impaired to receive benefits. An Ocala Florida disability lawyer can tell you that the SSA likes to read this regulation as requiring you to move with a walker before you can collect benefits. However, this strict reading is not accurate. In fact, you may entitled to benefits even if you do not require any assistive device.
Generally, the use of a cane or crutch is not a requirement to meet the listing for arthritis or joint dysfunction. Instead, the focus should be on your ability to move around effectively as opposed to the type of device you need. An Ocala Florida disability lawyer can tell you that the real test may be the hypothetical question about whether you can walk a certain distance at a certain pace without pain.
If you are making a claim for disability benefits based on arthritis, you should consult with an attorney to learn how you can prove your claim. To learn more, contact an attorney at the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC by calling 352-304-5300.