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As Social Security investigates your potential disability, they will be looking for any clues that hint of inconsistency in your incapacity level. Even small details, like whether or not you own a handicap permit, can have an effect on the outcome of your claim.
Furthermore, they’ll also be inquiring into how much walking and distance you’re able to cover – so if you want the best chance at getting approved, it’s important to know what they expect to
How Do You Get a Handicap Parking Permit?
Handicap parking could be granted for any number of reasons. Common conditions or disabilities include:
- Lung or heart disease
- Documented vision impairment
- Use of assisted device, such as a wheelchair or cane
- Loss or limited use of limbs
- Chronic pain or arthritis
One of the primary qualifies is whether or not a person can walk 50 feet without stopping to rest. For many people, a handicapped placard is essential in their daily lives. Without it, this could severely impair their ability to achieve everyday tasks, like getting to appointments or going grocery shopping.
Each state has its own criteria regarding who qualifies for handicapped parking. In most cases, the DMV will need your doctor to authenticate your condition. Depending on each individual, this could be a primary care physician, their assistant, an optometrist, or a nurse practitioner. The key takeaway is that a professional provides the proper documentation that the DMV requires to issue the plates.
Can You Get Disability Benefits if You Have Handicap Tags?
So here’s some good news: handicap plates, very likely, improve the credibility of your disability claim. By having these plates, you also have a professional opinion from a doctor that you are limited to walking 50 feet (or less) before you require a break. It measures your standard of normal, which could be of tremendous value during your hearing.
In some cases, a handicap plate might prevent confusion. Think of it from the SSA’s point of view: what does it look like to them when someone claims that they struggle to walk even a short amount of distance, yet they’re going out to concerts or ball games?
If you’re assigned a handicap permit to help eliminate a lot of the walking, that helps the SSA in their process of separating the fraudulent claims from the credible ones.
Having a handicap plate doesn’t guarantee that you qualify for Social Security Disability. That being said, I highly encourage you to apply for them if you feel that they will help your quality of life.
However, if you’re still working age and you have a condition that requires you to have a handicap plate, then you do have increased odds of getting approved for disability benefits. What matters to the SSA is that your case is clear, honest, and consistent.
Here’s How Our Disability Representative Can Help!
As a local representative, our disability advocate will know your case from start to finish. We’ll be involved every step of the way, and you’ll speak to the same person every time.
For that reason, we don’t just fine-tune what you have and put it together in a cut-and-paste format. We’ll meticulously review your case and provide feedback on the weak areas of your application and offer clear directions on what information we need and where you can find them.
Whether you’ve already begun the application process or are just getting started, we encourage you to schedule a FREE consultation to help determine the best strategy for your case 🤗 Our mission is to make your case the easiest one to approve so you can focus on your health and the things that matter.
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