Hurdle 5: Other Work | Sarasota Social Security Disability Attorney

Once you have proven you can’t do your past relevant work (PRW), you move to the last and highest hurdle, Hurdle 5: Other Work.

This is a complicated hurdle. You must prove that you are unable to do other work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy taking into consideration your level of physical functioning, age, education, and work experience. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a tool called the Medical Vocational Guidelines which is also known as the Grids.

The Grids are biased toward older individuals, those with less than a high school education, or non-English speakers. In less than 5 seconds, we can look at the Grids and tell you if you would meet Hurdle 5. If your profile matches the Grids, the court must follow the Grid. That could mean you are not disabled based on a rote application of an impersonal process.

However, if your profile differs from the profile in the Grid, the Grid is not binding. It is only a “framework” for the disability decision. If your exertional level falls between sedentary, light, or medium, you don’t meet the framework. If you can’t do the full range of sedentary work, you don’t meet the framework. If you have mental, sensory or skin impairments, postural or manipulative limitations, or environmental limitations, you don’t meet the framework.

A key to winning your case is to develop the necessary evidence to show you don’t meet the Grid framework. This will require the assistance of your doctor and testimony from you about your limitations. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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