Getting a Lawyer In Your Social Security Disability Case – What Will You Be Asked at Your Initial Appointment | Pinellas County Social Security Disability Attorney

The third area of questions you will be asked in the initial consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer is about your pain. Pain is a non-exertional impairment under the Grids used at  Hurdle 5: Other Work and your attorney will want to explore your pain in detail. The attorney is not being nosy but needs this information to help develop this non-exertional impairment. These questions will include:

1. When did your pain begin and what event caused your pain?

2. What does you pain feel like?

3. How often do you have pain on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

4. Does your pain increase, decrease, or stay the same with:

  • lying down
  • sitting down
  • standing
  • walking
  • bending

5. Is there anything else you do that increases your pain?

6. Has any treatment helped your pain? What treatment?

7. Rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no pain, on average on a good day and a bad day.

Medications are the next topic that will be discussed in the initial consultation. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

The Grids and Non-Exertional Impairments | Indian Rocks Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you find yourself at Hurdle 5: Other Work it is very important that you have evidence about any  exertional and non-exertional impairment you have. These impairments can cause limitations on your ability to do work.

The primary non-exertional impairments are postural, manipulative, environmental, sensory, and mental.

We have already talked about one of the most common postural impairments – the need to alternate sitting or standing. Other examples of postural impairments are difficulty bending, stooping, squatting, or turning your head. If your back or neck pain limits how far you can bend over or turn your head that will limit the types of jobs you are able to perform. How is your balance?

One of the most overlooked postural impairments is the need to evaluate your legs. If you have a vascular problem, your doctor might have told you to keep your legs elevated. That impairment will certainly impact your ability to work.

Manipulative impairments are very important to develop. These include difficulty with reaching, grasping, handling, and fingering. Can you lift a coffee cup? Do you drop things? Do you have trouble using a keyboard?

Environmental impairments are normally found in cases involving breathing or skin problems. These can include difficulties working around fumes, dust or tolerating noise, heights, humidity or extremes in temperature.

Less frequently encountered are sensory impairments involving difficulties speaking, hearing, feeling, or seeing.

In my opinion, one of the most important non-exertional impairment is mental. No, not being crazy! Many times a disability will cause you to have problems with relating to others, understanding, remembering, or carrying out simple instructions or even the ability to maintain attention or concentration. Pain can cause all these problems and they are real problems.

Sometimes  the  medication you are taking can wipe you out – make you foggy, fuzzy, slow, and sleepy. That is important evidence in support of your claim for Social Security Disability benefits. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

The Grids and Exertional Limitations | Hudson Social Security Disability Attorney

Exertional and Non-Exertional limitations are one of my favorite topics. Winning your Social Security Disability claim requires you to be an artist. You must paint a picture with your words about how your disability impacts your ability to function 24/7.

I ask my clients to fill out their Social Security disability paperwork by explaining in detail their day… from the time you get up till the time you go to bed. I want you to even explain the quality or lack of quality of your sleep.

Exertional abilities are sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling. Think about your day 24/7 in terms of those abilities and explain from morning to night what limits you have on your exertional abilities.

The Administrative Law Judge hears “I am in pain” from everyone in the hearing room. What the Judge rarely hears is a story, in your own words, about how your disability impacts your exertional abilities so that Judge can see, in their own mind’s eye, what problems you have 24/7 in your physical functioning.

Be a Monet, Renoir, or Rembrandt with our words! For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

The Grids and Less Than Sedentary | Pinellas Park Social Security Disability Lawyer

Less than sedentary sounds like a math formula! Is there such as thing a residual functional capacity for less then sedentary work?

Social Security regulation 83-12 and 96-9p provides for a “significant compromise” of the sedentary occupational base by showing that jobs that have less than sedentary physical requirements exist in “significant numbers” in the national economy.

The key is to show that you have what is called exertional and/or non-exertional impairments that chip away or erode the occupational base.

One of the best ways to establish your job is less than sedentary or even less than light is the need to alternate sitting and standing. Social Security regulation SSR 83-12 provides that your need to alternate sitting and standing more frequently than breaks or lunch will prevent you from doing the full range of sedentary – i.e. less than sedentary.

Most jobs require you to sit, stand, or to be in a fixed position for a period of time to do the job. If you have to alternate between sitting and standing or even walking you may not be able to do the full range of sedentary work.

Another factor that will reduce you to less than sedentary work is the limited use of both hands from a condition like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are under 50 years old, the inability to do the full range of of sedentary and light work is key to winning your Social Security Disability claim. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

The Grids and Sedentary Work | Bellaire Social Security Disability Attorney

Age is an important factor in the application of the Grids. If you are under 50, the key is winning your claim for Social Security Disability is an inability to do both a wide range of sedentary and a wide range of light work.

Social Security Regulation (SSR) 83-10 defines sedentary work as lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying. You can only stand or walk up to 2 hours out of a 8 hour workday and sit a total of 6 hours out of a 8 hour workday. Good use of your hands and fingers is required. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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