Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How do you prove you can't do sedentary work for SSDI?

In a Social Security Disability claim if you are under 50 years old or over 50 years old and have prior relevant work that is sedentary you will probably have to show you can't even do sedentary work to be found disabled. So how do you do this? If you don't know what I am talking about make sure to read how Social Security determines disability. To show you are limited to less than sedentary work you must think about your limitations from your medical conditions and how they would interfere with your ability to do a sit down job were you did not have to lift much if any weight. Now many of you with back problems might start off by saying you can't sit long. This is significant but will normally not be enough. The important thing here is why you can not sit long. It is probably because of pain. Pain can interfere with your ability to concentrate and focus on a task. Many pain medications can also interfere with these abilities. Many people who have chronic pain or illness also suffer from depression. If you suffer from depression make sure to get an RFC and treatment notes from your psychiatrist because depression can cause many limitations that would make even sedentary work difficult or impossible. Other things to consider are: Does your medical condition require you to take frequent breaks or elevate your legs? How frequently must you go to doctors for your treatment? Do you have days were you simply can not get out of the house? Do you have difficulty using your hands in any way from your medical condition? This is just a starting point to the types of limitations that can help prove you can't even do sedentary work. It is important to remember that it is not enough that you say you have these types of limitations it must be supported by your doctors opinion evidence and backed up by the medical record. You must think of how your particular medical conditions limit you everyday and think of how those limitations would affect you if you had a sedentary job.