August 31, 2020

Receiving Social Security Disability if You Have Difficulty Standing

Receiving Social Security disability if you have difficulty standing. If you are experiencing problems standing, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. There may be a variety of reasons that impact your ability to stand.  These can include back pain, knee pain, foot pain, lower extremity swelling, and many other reasons.  When the Social Security Administration (SSA) analyzes your claim, they will typically determine whether you can do your past work or any other type of work by considering how the limitations caused by your impairments impact job tasks.  They may determine you are unable to stand long enough to return to an old job, but decide you can engage in some type of work where you sit most of the day.  The SSA has some specific rules when they consider your inability to stand such your age, past work, education, and whether you have obtained specific skills that can transfer into a sit-down occupation.

The SSA will want to understand why you are unable to stand long enough to perform a job.  They will need objective testing to determine the severity of you condition.  This can include MRIs, X-rays, and EMGs, just to name a few.  The Social Security Administration will also want to see your medical records for any procedures or surgeries that have been performed on you, including injections, operations, and progress notes concerning the severity of your condition.  A medical source statement from a treating physician can also help the SSA better understand your limitations. 

Many of my clients tell me they cannot stand for long for numerous reasons.  Many indicate the pain is just too much to endure.  The necessity of a cane or walker can eliminate many, if not all, jobs that require standing for most of the day.  It is important to secure a prescription from your treating physician that states why you need an assistive device to help you in your disability claim. The need to elevate your lower extremities in the workplace can also preclude most, if not all, jobs.  You may be unable to stay on task in a work setting or even make it to work every day when trying to combat these ongoing problems.

Earlier in this blog, I alluded to special rules that may help you win your claim.  There are vocational allowances the SSA can evaluate when you reach the age of 50 and at other age groups.  These rules are specific, and it may be in your best interest to talk to an attorney or the SSA to see if you may meet these guidelines. A knowledgeable representative can tell you how these rules can enhance your chances of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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