Augusta area Social Security disability attorneys Harrison and Lamar give a general overview of arthritis, joint dysfunction, and limited ability to walk

Another way that knowledgeable Social Security disability attorneys at Harrison and Lamar can build a disability case for you is to establish that you cannot “ambulate effectively” due to your arthritis or joint dysfunction.

According to Social Security regulations, the inability to “ambulate effectively” means that a person has an extreme limitation on their ability to walk, or that a person has an impairment that very seriously interferes with that person’s ability to initiate, sustain, or finish activities independently. A person who cannot “ambulate effectively” is considered disabled under the musculoskeletal listings in the Listing of Impairments.

Generally, ineffective ambulation is defined as having insufficient functioning of your legs to allow you to walk without using a hand-held assistive device that reduces the functioning of both arms.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must meet the following criteria to ambulate effectively:

  1. Have the ability to sustain a reasonable walking pace over a sufficient distance in order to carry out daily living activities; and
  2. Have the ability to travel without the assistance of a companion to and from a place of school or a place of employment.

Examples of ineffective ambulation include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The inability to walk without the use of a walker, two crutches, or two canes;
  • The inability to walk a block at a reasonable pace on rough or uneven surfaces;
  • The inability to climb a few steps at a reasonable pace with the use of a single hand rail;
  • The inability to use standard public transportation; and
  • The inability to carry out routine ambulatory activities, such as shopping and banking.

Are you having a difficult time working or going to school because of your arthritis, your joint dysfunction, or your limited ability to walk? If so, you should strongly consider getting help from experienced Augusta area Social Security disability attorneys Harrison and Lamar. With their 59 years of combined legal experience, they will make sure that SSA will receive all of the medical and other documentation it needs to make a proper determination of your disability. And, the attorneys at Harrison and Lamar will not charge you a fee unless they win your case. To schedule a free initial consultation of your claim, please call the Augusta Social Security disability attorneys at Harrison and Lamar at 706-722-6864.

Harrison and Lamar
16 Ninth Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: 706-722-6864
Fax: 706-724-1933