MERIDIAN, ID – If you are living with limitations because of a medical condition that make it hard for you to get through the day, let alone work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability based on a reduced capacity to work. A good disability attorney can help you to decide if applying for disability benefits is right for you. Be sure the person you contact is a social security disability attorney and not a non-lawyer representative. A non-lawyer will charge you the same but does not have the legal training a disability lawyer has.
Meridian Disability Attorney – Work Categories
There are several categories of work based on physical abilities that are important to most jobs. They are sedentary, light, medium, heavy and very heavy. The physical requirements for each of these categories differs, as does the kind and number of jobs available to you. Social Security will assess your physical abilities and assign you one the above categories. They will then look at other factors such as your age, weight, education, etc. to try to determine if there are any jobs you can perform. Here are the
physical requirements for the different categories of work.
Very Heavy—You will be capable of very heavy work if you have no restrictions on lifting and carrying. Jobs in the Very Heavy, Heavy and Medium work require that you have the ability to frequently stoop and crouch, but fine manual dexterity is typically not required except for some skilled and semi-skilled jobs. Reaching, handling, feeling, climbing, balancing, kneeling, crawling, etc are all considered when evaluating your ability to perform Very Heavy to Medium work. Use of a cane will also preclude most work at the Very Heavy, Heavy and Medium work levels, largely due to the lifting and carrying requirements.
Heavy Work—must be able to lift at least 100 pounds occasionally and 50 pounds frequently. You will also need to be able to stand for 6 hours of an 8 hour work day and have no significant limitations in the areas described in Very Heavy work above.
Medium Work—must be able to lift at least 50 pounds occasionally and 25 pounds frequently. You will also need to be able to stand for 6 hours of an 8 hour work day and have no significant limitations in the areas described in Very Heavy work above.
Light Work—must be able to lift at least 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently. You will also need to be able to stand for 6 hours of an 8 hour work day and have no significant limitations in the areas described in Very Heavy work above. Crouching and stooping will not be required and the loss of fine manual dexterity becomes a problem for many light work positions.
Sedentary Work—must be able to lift 10 pounds. If you can’t lift or carry more than a couple of pounds, there would be very few jobs available to you even in the sedentary work category. A big difference between the sedentary work level and the others listed above is the requirement that you be able to sit at least 6 hours a day and stand at least 2 hours a day. Another difference is that postural limitations don’t really matter, but fine dexterity becomes very important. The use of a cane is only really important if it involves both legs. The ability to see well is more important at the sedentary level. The ability o reach, handle and feel, communicate, etc continue to be important factors.
Meridian Disability Attorney – SSDI Work Rules
What level of work Social Security finds you capable of performing is very important, as is your age and past work. Social Security as established a set of rules for when to find someone disabled based on their level of work ability, age and past work experience, etc. For example, if you are 55 years old, have done only heavy work all of your life and Social Security finds that you are capable of doing only sedentary work, you will be found disabled. But if you are 45 years old under the same scenario, you will be found not disabled.
If you think you are disabled and unable to work, call a local Meridian disability attorney and explain your situation. A good social security disability attorney will be able to help you decide if applying for Social Security Disability benefits is right for you. An experienced social security attorney can will be able to tell you what steps you can take to maximize your chances that a judge will see your limitations and find you disabled. Call us or request a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless we win!
Originally posted 2013-03-12 04:28:58.