Assistive Devices

It is not uncommon to see someone with a disability using an assistive device to aide them in standing and/or walking. Assistive devises come in all shapes and sizes. Claimants regularly come into Social Security Law Center with their canes, walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs. Do you use an assistive device? If you do, the device may assist you not only with standing and/or walking, it may also assist you with your disability claim.

However, the Social Security Administration is very clear on when the assistive device will be considered. First, there must be more than a “subjective desire” to use the assistive device. In other words, you can’t just go to the store and buy one then expect the Judge to include the use of the device in your restrictions or limitations. To help your case, the assistive device must be “medically necessary” in order to be considered a restriction or limitation on your ability to work. Even if a cane is prescribed, it does not necessarily mean that the Judge will find that it is medically necessary. So what evidence do you need to prove your assistive devise is “medically necessary”?

The following documentation will assist your attorney at Social Security Law Center to help you prove “medically necessity.” First, make sure you have a prescription from your doctor for the hand held assistive device. Second, you will need statement from your doctor explaining why you need to use the assistive device. Finally, you will need a detailed description of when you need to use the assistive device. This documentation may seem overwhelming to obtain, but don’t worry the attorneys at Social Security Law Center will help you get the necessary information from your doctor.

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