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The Sedentary Work Requirement Explained

  • Published: March 13, 2014

The requirements to be found eligible for Social Security disability vary somewhat depending on your age as an Ocala Social Security disability law office will tell you. The following information is for claimants who are under the age of 50.

Claimants in this category must be able to prove that they cannot do a wide range of sedentary work. Your Ocala Social Security disability lawyer can defined sedentary work for you, but it generally means work that requires:

  • Periods of sitting for a combined total of roughly six hours out of an eight-hour workday;
  • Periods of standing or walking that take up no more than two hours of an eight-hour workday;
  • Occasional carrying of small items such as ledges or small tools;
  • Lifting items no heavier than 10 pounds; and
  • Frequent use of hands and fingers for repetitive actions.

One strategy your Ocala Social Security disability law office might use to prove your disability case is to present evidence that demonstrates that you are so functionally limited by your impairment that you cannot meet even these requirements for work.

“Functional limitations” are limitations that prevent a claimant from being able to do sedentary work. This might include mental impairments, limitations on your ability to sit or stand, visual impairments that hinder your ability to see or environmental restrictions.

Standing and Walking

If you are capable of standing and walking on and off for about two hours during a normal workday, you are probably capable of performing sedentary work. Your Ocala Social Security disability lawyer will tell you that this makes you less likely to be found disabled.

Needing a Cane

Requiring the use of a cane to walk and get around would limit the ability of a claimant to do a full range of sedentary work. Even if the person could get around, some jobs would require two free hands to retrieve and return objects, which would be limited by the use of a cane.

If you have more questions about how to apply for disability, contact an Ocala Social Security Disability Law Office. Call CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352.304.5300.

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