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What are the Physical Exertion Requirements for Social Security Disability

What are the Physical Exertion Requirements for Social Security Disability

Alabama Disability Attorney What are the Physical Exertion Requirements? 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. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

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. Even though a claimant might you be a “younger individual” under age 45, they may still be entitled to disability benefits if they are unable to perform a full range of sedentary work. Grid Rule 201.00(h)(3)

Light work is defined as follows: work which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally (1/3 of the time), and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently (2/3 of the time) and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects Even if the weight lifted may only be a small amount, a job will be considered light duty when (i) it requires walking or standing a significant amount or (ii) when it requires sitting most of the time but also includes using arm or leg controls and/or (iii) when the job requires working at a production rate.

Medium work is defined as work requiring the lifting of no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. If someone can do medium work, it is determined that he or she can also do sedentary and light work.

If you have less than a High School education and have performed heavy work for 35 years of more, a limitation of medium work may entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits.

Heavy work involves lifting no more than 100 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds. If someone can do heavy work, we determine that he or she can also do medium, light, and sedentary work.

Very Heavy work requires lifting objects weighing more than 100 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing 50 pounds or more.

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