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What Do The Medical-Vocational Guidelines Mean By Sedentary WorK?

The Medical-Vocational Guidelines used by the Social Security Administration is a grid that will determine whether a finding of disabled or not disabled based upon the age, education, and work history at the "maximum sustained work capability" that relates to the exertional level of a person's occupation. There are three potential exertional levels: (1) sedentary; (2) light work; and (3) medium work. We will evaluate each of these over the next several days.

If a person's work history is considered "sedentary," according the Medical-Vocational Guidelines, this means that:

(1) the work did not involve lifting more than 10 pounds at a time;

(2) sometimes lifting or carrying ledgers, files, or small tools.

(3) walking and standing are occassionally required (no more than 2 hours of an 8-hour workday);

(4) there is no significant stooping;

(5) if the job is unskilled, then sedentary jobs require use of hands and fingers for repetitive actions.

Stay tuned as we continue to evaluate the different levels of exertional limitations required for a particular occupation. Contact a Dallas Social Security Disability Attorney today for a free case evaluation to determine if you should be receiving Social Security Disability Benefits.