The Listing Of Impairments: Disorders Of The Musculoskeletal System – Part 2By Kenton Koszdin on August 9, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
The claims process for disability benefits is often complicated and confusing, the Kenton Koszdin Law Office provides blogs on the various systems of the body as covered by the Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”) with the hope that applicants can utilize this important information to better understand whether their condition qualifies as a disability under federal law.
An earlier blog on the musculoskeletal system discussed those musculoskeletal disorders that may meet or equal a Listing and the functional loss associated with these types of disorders. This blog addresses the inability to perform certain movements including the inability to ambulate or walk effectively, as well as the effect of pain on loss of function.
For disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the inability to ambulate effectively or the inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively must have lasted, or be expected to last, for at least 12 months. The SSA solely considers the ability to perform these activities from a physical perspective. If there is an inability to perform these activities due to a mental impairment, Social Security uses other criteria to make a determination.
The SSA primarily determines whether an individual can ambulate effectively or can perform fine and gross movements effectively based on the case’s medical evidence, usually without developing additional evidence about the individual’s ability to perform certain defined specific activities listed as examples.
To ambulate effectively, individuals must have the capacity to sustain a reasonable walking pace over a sufficient distance so as to have the ability to carry out daily living activities. Additionally, individuals must have the ability to travel without assistance to and from work.
Inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively is considered an extreme loss of function of both upper extremities. Thus, the impairment(s) seriously interferes with the individual’s ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities. Use of the upper extremities effectively means that individuals are capable of sustaining functions as reaching, pushing, pulling, grasping, and fingering to be able to carry out daily living activities.
Pain or other symptoms may also contribute to the loss of function. If medical evidence or laboratory findings show the existence of a medically determinable impairment(s) that may reasonably be expected to produce the pain or other symptoms, then these pain or other symptoms may be found to affect an individual’s ability to perform basic work activities.
The more information that applicants for disability benefits possess about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers and evaluates their type of disability, the more prepared they will be for the sometimes long and arduous road to benefit eligibility. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office provides experienced representation in all types of disability cases, including Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation. If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of disability cases, including Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today! We even offer free in-home consultations! Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. We look forward to hearing from you. Se habla espańol!