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.

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