The Grids and Medium Work | Hillsborough County Social Security Disability Attorney

Social Security Ruling SSR 83-10 defines medium work as lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. This requires frequent bending and stooping.

The full range of medium work requires you to stand or walk, off and on, for a total of 6 hours in a 8 hour day and use your arms and hands to grasp, hold, and turn objects.

One of the most important factors in medium work is being on your feet for most of the day and be able to do frequent lifting or carrying up to 25 pounds. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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The Grids and Transferable Work Skills | Pinellas County Social Security Disability Lawyer

What is a transferable work skill? This concept creates tremendous problems in the determination of whether you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. If you look at the Medical-Vocational Guidelines or Grids, you will find a number of odd things.

There are Grids for Sedentary, Light and Medium work and the Grids provide that you will never be found disabled if you have skills that transfer to other jobs in the physical category that exist in the national economy in significant numbers. So, if your are restricted to sedentary work and your skills as a receptionist would transfer to the skills of a phone operator, you are not disabled.

Another odd factor is your age plays a role in transferability of skills, If you are 50 years or older and can only do sedentary work, the whole outcome of your cases depends on whether you have skills that would transfer to sedentary work. But if you are 55 years or older and only do light work, the whole outcome of your case depends on whether you skills transfer to semiskilled or skilled light work.

The older you are, the easier it is to show that you skills are not transferable to other jobs.

If your work was unskilled, SSA presumes that you have no transferable skills. Transferable skills becomes an issue if you have done semiskilled or skilled work in the past.

We will illustrate how the Grids consider of your age, education, transferable skills, and residual functional capacity (RFC) in a future posting so you can actually see how this analysis is done by SSA. 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.

What is so Important about Maximum Residual Functional Capacity | Brandon Social Security Disability Lawyer

What is a “Maximum Residual Functional Capacity” (RFC) and why should I care about my residual functional capacity?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the Grids to answer the question of whether you are disabled by looking at a combination of factors. These factors include what is called you residual functional capacity, age, education, and your transferable skills. It is not the simple question of whether you can work or whether any employer would hire you!

The first factor is to determine what your maximum residual functional capacity is in view of your disability.

The  Social Security Administration (SSA) use a dictionary you have never head of called the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) in evaluating your case. This isn’t a dictionary like Webster’s! The Dictionary of Occupational Titles lists all the jobs you have heard of… and many you haven’t. It also classifies the physical  demands of jobs into categories such as sedentary, light, medium, and heavy work.

In applying the Girds, the SSA first looks at the physical restrictions assigned to you by your doctor and determines whether your current physical restrictions limit you to sedentary, light, medium, or heavy work. That is why it is so very important that your doctor comment on your physical abilities in your medical records. We have your doctor fill out a physical residual functional capacity form based on your type of disability.

If your doctor won’t comment or refuses to fill out a form commenting on your physical limitations, SSA will have one of their consulting doctors estimate what your physical abilities are for disability purposes. More often than not, I see  SSA doctor assigning physical restrictions that result in you being found NOT disabled.

If your exertional limits fall between sedentary or light or even less than sedentary, the Girds do not generally apply. Unless the Grids directing the SSA find you disabled, you want OUT of the Grids. The way to do that is fully develop with your doctor’s help your true level of physical functioning and physical restrictions and limitations. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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.