If you have been prescribed a walker for regular use by one of your treating physicians as a result of the effects of your physical impairments, it is likely that you are eligible to receive Social security disability benefits because even competitive sedentary work requires a worker to stand and/or walk for two hours out of an eight hour day. As we explained in our article concerning the use of a cane, even workers in sedentary jobs, such as an assembler, are typically required to carry assembled parts from their workstation to a completion area, a task which is impossible to do while using both hands to hold on to a walker. Even for tasks that do not require the use of one or both hands, such as carrying or sorting, a person using a walker will be unable to complete tasks that involve walking in a sufficiently quick manner because the use of a walker necessarily slows a worker’s pace. Vocational literature and other sources of occupational requirements clearly express that the prescribed use of a walker can prevent a worker from performing even sedentary work as it is normally performed in the general economy.
If you make regular use of a prescribed walker to perform your activities of daily living, and especially if you have to use a walker to travel from room to room in your own house, you should likely be found disabled under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) current regulations. Therefore, so long as you are also technically eligible, meaning that you meet the income requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the work credit requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), your claim for disability benefits should be approved. Please contact Viner Disability Law to learn more about how your prescribed use of a walker or cane may serve as favorable evidence of your inability to perform substantially gainful activity and help you win your claim for disability benefits.