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I Can’t Do Sedentary Work, How Do I Prove it to the SSA?

There are a huge variety of injuries that can leave one too disabled to work. Unfortunately for those who are denied benefits it sometimes seems like the SSA looks for any reason to invalidate a claim. Some people are injured in such a way that leaves them unable to do sedentary work—just sitting at a desk is not possible for them.

In these cases, you should get approval, and if you’re denied, you have options. Learn the circumstances where the SSA considers a person unable to do sedentary work, and how a Colton disability lawyer can help your case.

Proving Disability

The SSA tends to be skeptical of claims relating to sedentary positions, especially for younger workers. You have to be able to prove that your disability limitations prevent you from the ability to do not only your current job but even less demanding work. The SSA uses this as a benchmark for determining claims: can you adapt to an easier job?

According to the Social Security Administration, sedentary work comprises jobs that are mostly seated, require lifting no more than ten pounds, occasional carrying of light objects, and standing or walking two hours or less each day. For those who can’t handle sedentary work, there is a more nebulous designation of work that is “less than sedentary.”

Determining Disability

When you file a claim for benefits, the Social Security Administration will perform an assessment of your residual functional capacity, or RFC. This means a detailed report is prepared which talks about the limits your impairment has placed on your ability to work. It is designed to assess your maximum capacity on a regular basis in a typical work week. If the RFC comes back with a designation of “less than sedentary,” you are eligible for SSDI benefits.

What Limitations Prevent Work?

There is a wide range of limitations that can prevent your ability to do physical labor, but a few of these include the inability to perform the basic duties of sedentary work, as listed above. In addition, the use of mobility devices to help you walk, the need to elevate your leg, amputations, inability to sit for six of eight hours during a stretch, the need to alternate between sitting and standing, a requirement of regular prone position, inability to bend, increased sensitivity to noise and the like are also physical limitations.

Certain mental limitations also can affect your ability to perform basic sedentary work. These include the inability to concentrate and focus, or the need for medication that has such an effect, or a documented mental condition which makes it difficult to perform routine tasks, complete tasks in a timely fashion or relating to co-workers and management.

Hiring a Colton Disability Lawyer

If you have problems performing sedentary labor and yet the SSA has still denied you disability benefits, don’t lose hope. A qualified Colton disability lawyer can help you prove that you are disabled and challenge refusals of your claim. You shouldn’t wait, however; the sooner you act, the sooner your benefits can get squared away. If you are in this situation, call Dr. Bill LaTour for a case evaluation and help today.

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