Your question is: What's going on here and how does this relate to a Social Security disability claim?
|Hints: This has nothing to do with swelling or manual dexterity.|
And the answer is that this unfortunate 20 year old man had just been released from a psychiatric hospital. His regular shoelaces had been taken from him as a suicide prevention measure. He's had many psychiatric hospitalizations because his schizoaffective disorder causes command auditory hallucinations. Yet, Social Security twice denied his disability claim and he had to go to a hearing. Can anyone explain why Social Security denies disability claims like this?