NAMPA, IDAHO – An experienced Social Security attorney can provide you with a free consultation to help you to decide if a disability application is a good idea for you. But if you are struggling to make it through the day because of your condition and can no longer perform the daily tasks that you once could, you are likely a candidate for disability. Call us today and speak with an actual attorney. And don’t be fooled into using a non-attorney representative. They are not legally trained, cannot make all the appeals you may need, and will charge you the same as a licensed attorney!
In order for Social Security to properly evaluate your disability claim, they have to determine what level of work you are physically capable of performing regardless of your mental defects, age, education, past work experience, etc. There are several categories of work based on physical abilities. They are sedentary, light, medium, heavy and very heavy. Each of these categories has a different minimum physical requirements you must be able to perform in order for Social Security to assign you to one of these functional capacities. These physical minimum standards are set forth below for each exertional level.
Very Heavy—In order to be found to have a Very Heavy physical capacity you have to be without any major physical restrictions. You must be able to reach, handle, feel, climb, balance, kneel, crawl, etc. without any significant limitation. For you to be found to have Very Heavy, Heavy and Medium work capacity, you will have to be able to frequently stoop and crouch. However, fine manual dexterity is not a requirement except for some skilled and semi-skilled jobs. If you must use a cane, you will be unable to perform most work at the Very Heavy, Heavy and Medium work levels because you must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.
Heavy Work—You must be able to stand for 6 hours of an 8 hour work day and you must be able to perform most of the physical task listed in Very Heavy work above. You must be able to lift at least 100 pounds occasionally and 50 pounds frequently.
Medium Work—must be able to lift at least 50 pounds occasionally and 25 pounds frequently. You will also need to be able to stand for 6 hours of an 8 hour work day and have no significant limitations in the areas described in Very Heavy work above.
Light Work—Crouching and stooping will not be required, but manual dexterity is more important. You will need to be able to lift 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently. You must be able to stand for 6 hours of an 8 hour work day and have no significant postural restrictions in the areas described in Very Heavy work above.
Sedentary Work— The ability to see well is more important at the sedentary level. The ability to reach, handle and feel, communicate, etc continue to be important factors. A big difference between the sedentary work level and the others listed above that you must be able to stand at least 2 hours a day and sit at least 6 hours a day. In addition, postural limitations don’t really matter, but fine dexterity is much more important. You must be able to lift 10 pounds. There would be very few jobs available to you even in the sedentary work category if you can’t lift or carry more than a couple of pounds. The use of a cane is only really important if it involves both hands.
SSDI Work Rules
What level of physical work you can do is very important to finding you disabled, as is such factors as age and education. This is especially true if you are over 50 years old and your past work was very physical (medium to very heavy). For example, if you are 55 years old, high school graduate with no special training and you have performed heavy manual labor all your life, you will likely be found disabled if you can no longer perform your past relevant work.
An experienced Social Security attorney will prepare your case so that a judge will easily be able to see how your limitations qualify you for disability. If you are unable to work because of physical or mental limitations, call a local Social Security attorney and explain your situation. Our experienced Social Security disability attorneys will be able to help you decide if applying for Social Security Social Security benefits is right for you. Call us or request a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless we win!
What level of work Social Security finds you capable of performing is very important, as is your age and past work. Social Security as established a set of rules for when to find someone disabled based on their level of work ability, age and past work experience, etc. For example, if you are 55 years old, have done only heavy work all of your life and Social Security finds that you are capable of doing only sedentary work, you will be found disabled if you have no skills that transfer to sedentary work. But if you are 45 years old under the same scenario, you will be found not disabled.
If you think you are disabled and unable to work, call a local disability attorney and explain your situation. A good social security disability attorney will be able to help you decide if applying for Social Security Social Security benefits is right for you. An experienced social security attorney can will be able to tell you what steps you can take to maximize your chances that a judge will see your limitations and find you disabled. Call us or request a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless we win!