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Can sit down jobs be LIGHT work?

Social Security separates jobs into groups based on physical requirements: sedentary, light, medium, and heavy. For many individuals, the outcome of a case depends on the number of sedentary jobs available. This is often an issue in back injury cases where Light … Continue reading

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Winning Social Security disability benefits after age 50

If you are 50 years old or older, Social Security makes it easier to prove your disability case. Individuals between 18 and 49 meet a tougher standard discussed in this article. Starting at age 50, and then again at age 55 … Continue reading

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Reviewing your Social Security exhibit file – Part 3 work history

Now that I know the critical dates and the medical history I review the work history. Social Security reviews cases using the 5 step sequential evaluation process. At step 4, if you are still able to do any of the jobs … Continue reading

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How Social Security reviews cases: the 5 step sequential evaluation process

I have written about how Social Security defines disability, work, and a substantial gainful activity. But, how does Social Security really evaluate a case? Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process to decide is a person is … Continue reading

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Am I disabled? Should I apply for Social Security benefits?

A lot of people ask me how Social Security decided if they are disabled. I can’t do the work I have done for 35 years.  Am I disabled? I stopped working to take care of a family member, but now … Continue reading

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How Social Security considers your ability to work in a disability case

Under Social Security regulations, disability is the inability to engage in a “substantial gainful activity.” This means that to win a Social Security disability case, you have to show that your impairments prevent you from being able to work. More … Continue reading

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