Mistake 7 – Restrictions and Limitations – Walking | Clearwater Long Term Disability Lawyer

I suggest that when you are rating your restrictions and limitations you use a scale of 1 to 10. Zero is no pain and 10 is excruciating pain that will send you to the emergency room.

This would be where I would start, but you need to come up with your own scale. This scale may be based on your level of pain, your functionality, or your need to take medication. Just make sure that you explain the scale and write it down.

With that in mind, you will be asked about your walking activity:

How much can you walk?

How far can you walk at one time?

How far or how much can you walk before your pain level increases?

How does your pain level increase?

What happens to you when you walk too far?

How much walking do you do in the course of the day taking care of your activities like taking children to school, going to the grocery store, or the doctor’s appointments?

Do you have to schedule you are walking and spread over several days?

Can you walk the mall? How far?

How often do you have to sit down when you take a walk?

Do you walk with a limp? How frequently?

Do you need a cane? Or any other assistive device while walking?

When you go grocery shopping, do you use the cart to help you walk?

Do you carry things when you walk? If so, how much does the object weigh?

Do you have good days and bad days as a result of your walking?

It is important that you think about these questions and your answers so that you can explain what you can and cannot do. You must explain how your activities are impacted by your pain and medications. You must explain good days and bad days.

And, you must never say “NEVER!” “I never walk, I never walk more than a block, I never…” I promise you that the long-term disability carrier/ERISA carrier will have a picture of you doing what you said you never did.

And, you must never say “ALWAYS!” ” I always use a cane, I always walk with a limp, I always…” I promise you that the long-term disability/carrier/ERISA carrier will have a picture of you not doing what you said always did.

Be prepared to answer questions at the continuing disability statement about your walking by being prepared by disability benefits attorney like Nancy Cavey, who can be reached at www.caveylaw.com.

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