Q: Do I qualify for social security
Hi I am a 44 year old woman who worked at Walmart 26 years hard labor. At the moment I have severe arthritis in my right hip pending hip replacement as well as arthritis in my left hip and both knees and thumbs. I have been off since last April due to my job not allowing me to work with restrictions. I am constantly dealing with pain and have trouble walking. My job do not offer any sitting position. Do I qualify for getting my disability
A: There are at least 2 programs you need to look at. Walmart Employee Disability and Social Security Disability. I don't know for sure, but I would be very surprised if Walmart had no employee disability insurance. You will need to talk to Walmart Human Resources to learn more. As for Social Security Disability, they care whether you can do any job in your area, not just at Walmart. You are always free to apply, and go to the doctor to gather proof of what prevents you from working. Pain in any area that can't be relieved is definitely a factor, but you will need more details that show how your legs, hands or arms have lost necessary function to work. Most attorneys will meet with you for free to make an initial determination. It only costs you some time to meet with them to discuss your situation.
The law defines disability under Social Security as the inability to do any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. If you are unable to work due to your impairments, you may qualify for Social Security benefits.
You must prove your disability claim by having the medical evidence to support your allegations of disability. Your medically determinable impairments must limit you to such as extent that you cannot functionally perform your past relevant work or any other work. Social Security takes into account a number of factors when evaluating a disability claim including your age, education, work experience, in addition to your functional capacity. Symptoms, such as pain and fatigue, and other limitations are also taken into account. As you can see, applying for Social Security can be a complex process, so you should consult with a disability lawyer about your situation. Most disability lawyers have a free initial consultation.
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