Social Security separates jobs into groups based on physical requirements: sedentary, light, medium, and heavy. For many individuals, the outcome of a case depends on the number of sedentary jobs available.
This is often an issue in back injury cases where Light work is eliminated, but sedentary jobs are still a possibility. If there are enough of them. If a job can be put in the Light category, it may be eliminated based on physical limitations.
So, here is the question: can a sit down job requiring no more than lifting 10 pounds (typically suggesting Sedentary work) ever be a Light job? Continue reading Can sit down jobs be LIGHT work?
I was recently asked what it meant that the Administrative Law Judge did not have a Vocational Expert (VE) testify at an individual’s Social Security hearing.
What happens when the administrative law judge does not call the vocational expert to the hearing. Why would the judge do that?
Well, I can’t tell you “why” the judge didn’t have VE. Some judges use VEs all the time, others do not. A VE provides evidence (testimony) about steps 4 & 5 of the sequential evaluation process. Continue reading Is a Social Security disability hearing without a Vocational Expert a bad sign?
Sometimes when a Social Security disability case goes to hearing, the Administrative Law Judge has a brand new doctor testify (usually by telephone). This is not one of your doctors, or (usually) even one of the doctors Social Security has sent you to.
These are Medical Experts (MEs) that the Judge calls for several reasons: Continue reading Medical Experts at Social Security disability hearings
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits you have to show that your disability prevents you from being able to work. In Social Security’s words, you have to show that you are unable to engage in a substantial gainful activity (SGA). SGA translates into a maximum dollar amount you are allowed to earn and still be potentially eligible for Social Security benefits.
For 2015, the most you can earn is $1,090 per month (before taxes or deductions). If you earn more than this, Social Security may say that you are engaging in a substantial gainful activity and, therefore, not eligible for disability benefits.
The SGA issue is so important that it is the very first step of the 5 step sequential evaluation process – the way Social Security evaluates adult disability claims!
What do I do if I earn more than the substantial gainful activity amount? Does than mean I can’t get Social Security disability benefits?!?
Continue reading I earn too much for Social Security disability, what can I do?
I have written about how Social Security defines disability, work, and a substantial gainful activity.
But, how does Social Security really evaluate a case?
Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process to decide is a person is disabled. Here are the 5 questions that make up the sequential evaluation process: Continue reading Social Security 5 step sequential evaluation process EXPLAINED!
I was recently asked to write about how Social Security views disability claims based on anemia and other blood disorders. First, I will address how Social Security generally handles disability claims. If that puts you to sleep, just skip ahead a few paragraphs
In general, Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process: Continue reading Social Security disability for anemia and blood disorders