If you are considering filing for
Social Security Disability (SSDI), the Social Security Administration will want to know if there’s
any other work you can possibly do – think easier or modified work.
If your current job requires heavy lifting, can you do a clerical job instead?
One that does not require any heavy lifting? In order for the SSA to decide
you are disabled, the agency will want to know about previous jobs you
have held and whether you can still do them.
For the SSA to render a decision, it will want to know what types of jobs
you previously held, how you performed these jobs, and whether you learned
any skills while performing these jobs.
Can You Do Your Past Work?
The SSA needs information on your work history so it can determine if you
are physically capable of doing any of your previous jobs. According to
the SSA, applicants are
not disabled according to the SSA’s rules unless their injuries, illness, or
prevents them from adjusting their work or doing their previous work.
The SSA will be
very interested in your education and previous training. If you are not able to do the
jobs you did in the past, the SSA will then look at your age, education,
and previous training to see if you can perform some other type of work.
When Your Condition is Not on the Listing of Impairments
Supposing your medical condition is not severe enough to be in the Listing
of Impairments; however, it does affect your ability to work. In that
case, the SSA will assess your ability to engage is very basic work-related
activities, such as:
- Concentrating at work
- Understanding and remembering
- Carrying out instructions
- Responding to supervisors
- Coping with changes at work
- Sitting, standing, walking, lifting, and pushing
- Kneeling, crouching, using your fingers, and balancing
- Seeing, hearing, and speaking
These are just some of the key factors considered by the SSA when reviewing
a disabled worker’s
application. If you are interested in learning more about the disability determination
process, contact our
Dallas Social Security Disability attorneys for assistance!