What If I Can’t Sit For More Than A Few Minutes At a Time
Social Security will assign ratings to a claimant based on their ability to perform certain physical tasks such as carrying, lifting, sitting, standing, walking, and so forth. The higher your level of physical capability, the more jobs are likely to be available for you. This makes it less likely you will qualify for disability benefits. The lowest level that you can be assigned and still be expected to work is sedentary. If you are unable to perform at a sedentary level, you will likely be considered disabled. Contact a Social Security attorney in our office to further discuss your situation.
The physical qualifications that must be met to perform at the full range of sedentary work include the following:
- You must be able to sit for a minimum of 6 hours in an 8 hour workday.
- You must be capable of lifting at least 10 pounds.
- You must be able to lift and carry items such as small tools, ledgers, and docket files.
- You must be able to stand and walk for a minimum of 2 hours in an 8 hour workday.
Additionally, many sedentary jobs require that you be able to understand and remember instructions, concentrate, crouch, balance, see, hear, manipulate small items, and come to work regularly (missing no more than 2 to 3 days per month).
If you have trouble completing any on the above tasks, you are considered unable to perform all of the job requirements involving sedentary work according to SSA regulations. However, this does not guarantee that you will be considered disabled. As a result, it is important to contact a Boise Social Security Attorney with our office who concentrates on disability law and is educated on the rules and regulations governing Social Security Social Security. Please contact our office to schedule your free consultation with one of a Boise Social Security attorney.
Your ability to concentrate and pain you experience plays a vital part in your chances of receiving disability benefits. There is the chance that you may be found disabled even if you are capable of performing all of the exertional requirement at the sedentary level if you are in significant pain or if your medications cause you to be in a “fog.” However, these factors are considered subjective. As a result, you will have to obtain specific documentation to establish your limitations at your disability hearing.
A Social Security attorney will be happy to explain sedentary work requirements as well as what it means to have a “significantly eroded occupational base” at the sedentary level. There are additional factors that impact whether or not you may be found disabled. These additional factors include age, training, education, special skills, etc.