There is a listing under the rules of Social Security Disability that includes knee disorders. Knee disorders is a large grouping of knee problems, including total replacement of the knee and or surgery that is needed and the Dr. decides that you are not a good candidate for the surgery. Knee problems can effect anyone, at anytime. Once the knee has to be replacement, it is generally a life long process that you must deal with, and be able to maintain a job, sometimes maintaining the job becomes impossible due to your limitations, and or the pain associated with knee replacement.
The requirements to meet this listing are things such as reconstructive surgery on a major weight bearing joint, this includes the knee, the listing also requires that you do not have the ability to ambulate effectively, either after the surgery or since you are not a candidate for surgery, you cannot ambulate effectively in your condition. The pain associated with knee problems is tremendous, due to the fact that it is always under pressure from the weight of your body.
In many cases of knee replacement, the pain is constant and the medications used to alleviate the pain are so strong that the claimant cannot perform past work, and or any sedentary work that might be available. Even in sedentary work an individual might be required to use pedals or foot controls, and many knee replacement claimants cannot tolerate the pain from these requirements.
Should you need assistance with your claim for social security disability, please give me a call, if you cant come to me, I will come to you.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Esq.