Limited to Sedentary Work
Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers: Limited to Sedentary Work: You were hurt at work, did everything the company doctor told you to do, and now the doctor has stated that you have reached maximum medical improvement (mmi); the doctor also states that as a result of your job injury, you are now limited to sedentary duty work. What exactly does this mean?
This means that the permanent injury you sustained is major issue and from now on sedentary duty work is the most you should attempt to perform on a sustained basis. According to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Sedentary work is defined as follows: work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally (1/3 of the time), and/or a negligible amount of force frequently (2/3 of the time) to move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
A small percentage of jobs available are classified sedentary or less, and most of the time, sedentary jobs require more education than jobs listed as light, medium or heavy. If the work you have performed prior to your job injury was classified as light, medium or heavy work, a sedentary work restriction may leave you without a job and wondering what to do next. In such a situation, if your injury was to a non-scheduled body part, you would then be entitled to vocational consideration-which takes into account your loss of access to jobs in the regional economy given your restrictions, job history, age and education.
Moreover, if you are 50 or older, a permanent limit of sedentary duty work could entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits if said restrictions prevents you from returning to your previous jobs. If you are limited to sedentary work as the result of a job injury, you have suffered a serious work injury and at the very least you should call an experienced workers compensation lawyer about your claim.
If you have suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama workers’ compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation and let us see if we can help. Appointments are available in person, or virtually through Zoom for your convenience from wherever you live.
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Limited to Sedentary Work