Many people living in Indiana and around the country have a condition known as foot drop. This is a condition in which a person’s gait is affected by a drooping forefoot. The cause of the condition is often neurological or may also involve partial paralysis of the leg. For many people, this condition can be debilitating and make it difficult to get around as well as perform routine job duties.
Individuals who have this condition may wonder if they can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, or SSD. As with all disability claims, there are several factors to consider when determining eligibility. The Social Security Administration classifies foot drop and similar conditions according to the criteria it has set for spinal or lower extremity impairment. Individuals who apply for disability as a result of foot drop will need to present medical evidence in support of their case.
It’s important to note that SSD is awarded to individuals who not only prove that they have a disability but can also show that they are no longer able to work in their most recent job nor any other job that they have performed for the past 15 years. In addition, the applicant must show that he or she cannot reasonably be expected to train for a different occupation.
Filing for disability benefits can be a difficult process, and most applications are initially denied by the Social Security Administration although many are approved on appeal. An appeal typically requires a hearing, which will require presenting evidence to an administrative law judge. An experienced attorney may be able to assist you in the application process while also providing guidance and support during an appeal.