While obesity itself may not be considered an impairment, it can have a significant impact on your disability claim.
Definition of Obesity
Obesity is defined as a medical condition in which a person has accumulated body fat to a degree that it impacts his or her health. A body mass index is generally used by dividing your weight by your height. If this ratio is over a certain amount, you will be considered obese.
Symptoms of Obesity
Common symptoms associated with obesity include fatigue, difficulty breathing and pain. Your lawyer may ask you a series of questions regarding how obesity impacts your ability to perform certain activities and movements. Obesity can impair a person’s ability to lift, carry heavy weights, reach, bend, stand or walk.
Obesity is considered a severe impairment when it significantly impairs your ability to perform basic work functions.
Combination of Impairments
As your lawyer pursues your claim, he or she may argue that your obesity should be considered as a combination of impairments that result in a severe impairment on your life. Your lawyer can help the administrative law judge have a better understanding of your condition so that the ALJ can make a better-informed decision. Even if obesity is not considered by itself to be a disabling impairment, your Buffalo disability attorney can argue that your obesity combined with a mental or physical impairment results in your disability. Your lawyer may be successful by showing that your ability to sit, walk or stand for an extended period of time is limited and prevents you from performing basic work functions for an extended period of time.
For help with your disability claim, contact Chris Pashler or Kathleen Devereaux at 716-874-1739.