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It is a somewhat tasteless joke that appears in popular culture from time to time. A person pulls up to a parking lot, only to find that the disabled parking space is the only option, and then, they get out of their car after parking it with a limp.
However, there is a bit more to legally using a disabled parking space than having a limp, and in the US, there are certain conditions that allow you to get that blue parking badge in the first place. So, if you have recently become injured or have received a diagnosis of a chronic condition, will you be able to use a disabled parking space? Read on to find out!
There is an episode of House MD where House, who walks with a cane, gets into a debate with a new doctor working at the hospital, who uses a wheelchair, about who should have the disabled parking spot. Indeed, one of the disabled parking bay rules is that individuals who have difficulty walking due to an injury, disability, or medical condition will likely be able to qualify for a disabled parking permit and will, therefore, be able to use the parking space. This can apply to issues like arthritis, paralysis, strokes, orthopedic issues, or, in the case of Dr. House, an infarction in the leg!
There are some cardiovascular or heart conditions that can impact mobility. These include cardiac disease and heart failure. Certain medications can also cause issues with the heart and may allow you or your relative to get access to the blue badge. If you have recently had a heart attack and are going through physiotherapy to help you walk, you may be temporarily entitled to use the disabled parking space.
Next on the list are chronic or short-term respiratory disorders, also known as breathing ailments, that impact a person’s ability to walk. These can be chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory failure, some types of lung cancer, and even severe asthma. The severity of any breathing issue will need to be examined before you get the blue badge to use a disabled parking space.
If you have issues with your vision or fall on the spectrum of being blind, then this can impact your ability to drive a car. So, you will likely be able to use a disabled parking spot. Consider, however, that many states will require those who are blind to have a carer drive for them, solely due to safety, and they will be able to use the disabled parking spot.
There are many neurological conditions that can allow someone to use a disabled parking space, including (but not limited to) multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, strokes, and even brain tumors. Again, the severity of the issue will need to be explored by a medical professional before you get the permit.
Some states in the US will also allow you to have access to disabled parking spaces if you are recovering from surgery or an injury that impacts your ability to walk. Some of these include New York, Ohio, California, Maryland and Virginia.