Handicapped Parking and Disability

Handicapped Parking and Disability

There is a common saying that the handicapped individuals get all of the best parking spots. Many people believe that because a person has a handicapped emblem on his or her car, that person is disabled. While it is true that there must be a degree of disability or a handicap to receive access to the handicapped parking spots, it is not necessarily true that a person with a handicapped sticker is also collecting disability payments.

One of the biggest differences in disabled parking and disability is the gauge of disability. For a parking spot, a person must typically have mobility issues. These issues can be due to recent surgery, being confined to a wheelchair, old age, or any number of issues. Disability payments are for people who have disabilities that affect their ability to hold a job and function on a daily basis. This means that the disability may not be restricted to movement.

A person can be disabled in that he or she cannot hear well or see well but this may have very little effect on that person’s ability to walk from the back of the parking lot. By the same token, a person with a handicapped sticker might not have any problems functioning on a daily basis and can hold down a job with no problems but might have serious issues walking from the back of the parking lot because of a lingering back injury or some other injury that has impaired movement.

There are, of course, some people who have access to the handicapped spots that also collect disability payments. In many cases, this is due to the presence of a child that is disabled, not so much the parents. Children who are confined to wheelchairs due to a variety of causes may be able to collect disability if the condition is likely to last for an extended period. Their parents may request a handicapped spot for the family vehicle in order to be able to get the wheelchair, particularly the larger ones, out of the van or car. 

Each state has its own restrictions on how to apply for a handicapped parking spot and who is even eligible for them. The states have the ability to make the requirements as lenient or as strict as they want. On the flip side, the restrictions on disability payments are imposed by the Social Security Administration. The various branches of the SSA are expected to apply the same standards to denying or granting requests for disability as any other branch.

The Charles D. Hankey Law Office specializes in appealing Indianapolis social security claims that have been denied.

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