An inability to use arms and legs properly can seriously affect a person’s ability to work. When determining whether a person is disabled under the Social Security laws due to a problem with arms or legs, a number of things are considered. If an individual is having problems with their leg or legs, Social Security looks to see whether these problems prevent the person from walking effectively. Social Security will look to see whether the person is reporting problems with walking, balance, leg weakness, or falling in their medical records and will also look to see whether they have been prescribed a cane, walker, or wheelchair by a doctor.
If a person is having problems with their arms, Social Security requires that the person be unable to use their hands and arms to do things like hold and use a pencil, grip a cup, use zippers and buttons on clothes, and pick up large objects. Typically, a person must be unable to do these kinds of things with both arms. Social Security also looks for complaints of pain and stiffness in their leg or arm.
Overall, Social Security looks to see whether the problems a person is having prevents them from working any full-time job that exists in the United States. This can be a tough standard to meet. Although the road to receiving Social Security Disability Benefits is long and frustrating, an Attorney can help make sure these standards are being met and can make the process less confusing and stressful.