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 Your Ability to do A Full or Wide Range of Work | Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyer

You can’t work because of you disability but how do you prove that to the Social Security Administration (SSA)? Most cases are decided by the SSA at Hurdle 5: Other Work. SSA applies a Grid evaluation process that looks at your age, education, transferable work skills, and your residual functional capacity (RFC).

Your doctor will hopefully write in your medical records what you can physically do despite your disability. Not all doctors understand the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and the Social Security regulation definitions of medium, light, and sedentary work. Perhaps your disability cross over the physical requirements of light and sedentary work. What happens?

The Social Security regulations say that SSA can’t apply one of the Grid rules to your case, unless you are capable of doing a “full or wide range” of work at the exertional level that applies to the applicable Grid. In other words, you must be capable of doing a full or wide range of work at the sedentary, light, or medium level.

You or your representative must understand the definitions of sedentary, light, and medium work so the proper Grid is applied to your case. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

The Grids and Your Age – Whose Counting? | Spring Hill Social Security Disability Attorney

You applied for Social Security Disability benefits because you can’t work because of your disability. What does you age have to do with your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are at Hurdle 5: Other Work of the disability evaluation process, your age is an important factor. The Social Security regulations say that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to consider under the Grids your residual functional capacity, chronological age, education, and work experience.

The Grids lump people together by age brackets and treat those within each age bracket alike. The age groups are 18 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59 and 60 to 64. Age is not be applied mechanically if you are on the age borderline between age brackets.

It is funny to note that your age is not explained in the regulations as having any relationship to your ability to work. However, we do know that advancing age can make it difficult to learn new things or adapt to new kinds of jobs – like seated computer jobs! It is not the only factor but a limiting factor that SSA will take into consideration in apply the Grids. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

Medical – Vocational Guidelines – The Grids | Bradenton Social Security Disability Lawyer

At Hurdle 5: Other Work, you must deal with the Medical – Vocational Guidelines – The Grids. There are 4  factors in the Grids:

(1) Age

(2) Education

(3) Previous Work Experience

(4) Maximum Residual Functional Capacity

If your profile matches one of the rules in the Medical – Vocational Guidelines – The Grids, the rule is binding on the Social Security Administration (SSA) .

If that rule says you are not disabled, you will lose. However, properly developing these 4 factors may make the difference between winning or losing your claim for Social Security Disability. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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