For Ohio residents who have a neurological disorder, knowing the requirements to get Social Security disability can be confusing. However, certain terms are important when seeking SSD benefits. One is “extreme limitation.” Knowing what is meant by extreme limitation in the context of federal regulations when applying for disability is an important step toward being approved. Those who have an extreme limitation will often be unable to perform most, if not all, jobs. This is a vital factor in receiving SSD benefits.
Extreme limitation refers to the following: being unable to stand from a seated position; being unable to maintain balance when standing and walking; and being unable to use the upper extremities to initiate, sustain and complete work-related activities. When motor function is assessed, it hinges on how severe the interference is with standing; the ability to balance while standing or walking; and using the upper extremities.
If a person cannot stand from a seated position, it means that they cannot stand and maintain an upright position without another’s assistance or using a device such as two canes or two crutches. Being unable to maintain balance in a standing position refers to not being able to stay upright when standing or walking without another’s assistance or the previously mentioned devices; being unable to use the upper extremities refers to losing function in both upper extremities – this includes shoulders, hands, arms and fingers – and having a limited ability to complete work-related activities that require fine and gross motor movements. For those who cannot perform fine and gross motor movements, it includes an inability to grip, grasp, pinch, handle and other similar acts. It can also include being unable to carry, push and pull.
Obviously, people who cannot perform the above-listed activities will not be able to do most jobs. This can be a key factor in a determination by the Social Security Administration declaring a person disabled and providing disability benefits. For people who are suffering from disabling conditions, having legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced in helping clients get SSD benefits is a must from the beginning of the process until the application is approved.
Source: ssa.gov, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security 11.00 Neurological – Adult — D. 2. Extreme Limitation,” accessed on Jan. 2, 2018