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 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 Work Experience | Port Richey Social Security Disability Attorney

The last factor in the Grids is your work experience. Do you remember when you filled out your application for Social Security Disability you were asked to list the jobs you held for the 15 years before you became disabled? You were asked about your job duties, what you did, how you did it, and the ins and outs of your job.

Did you think to ask why you were being asked those questions and what that had to do with your claim for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies work as unskilled, semiskilled, and skilled. The Social Security regulations define unskilled work as work that you learned in 30 days. Every thing else is semiskilled or skilled.

One of the most commonly questions asked by SSA is “Are your skills transferable to another job?” If you have done secretarial work and answered the phone, are those phone skills something you could take to another job like a security monitor? Those are the kinds of questions that SSA will be asking in making a disability determination.

So, when you fill out those forms asking about your prior job duties, don’t puff your resume! Be honest about your job and your job duties. Puffing can come back to haunt you if you have to explain to the Administrative Law Judge deciding your case that you really did not have managerial duties or really did not do what you said you did on your application. What do you think that will do to your chances of winning with that Judge? 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.

Hurdle 3: The Listing Of Impairments | Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyer

Do you remember your 8th grade biology class when your teacher told you all about the various body systems such as the cardiac or digestive system? Well, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has something called the Listing of Impairments which is like a list of all the things that can go wrong with you by body systems. It is like a car repair manual for the human body and psyche.

If the your medical records show that you have each and every medical sign, symptom or findings that match or equal a listing, you are found disabled at Hurdle 3. This is the reason the lawyer in my initial posting would be found disabled. Even though he could still practice law, his amputation meets a Listing.

Unfortunately, you must meet every element of a listing to meet a listing. It is like  Bingo – it you  don’t have a match, No Bingo! Most doctors don’t know what Social Security’s requirement are for a listing and most doctors don’t write your medical reports for Social Security purposes. SSA does not take a common sense approach to writing or apply social security disability regulations when it comes to equaling a Listing. They rarely find applicants meet a Listing and, as a result, most are found not to be disabled at Hurdle 3.

But, don’t despair, because your case is NOT over! Social Security is required to go to Hurdle 4! For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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