Relevant Work You Have Previously Performed
Your Augusta social security disability attorney will inform you that “past relevant work” is a term the Social Security Administration (SSD) uses to describe work done in the past fifteen years at a “substantial gainful activity” level, provided it lasted for a period of time long enough for the required skills to be learned. If you are still able to perform your “past relevant work” you will be classified as not disabled. Therefore, you and your Augusta disability attorney need to discern the easiest job you have held and identify what prevents you from performing that type of work.
Unless you and your Augusta disability attorney can demonstrate that your impairments medically equal or meet an impairment itemized in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments the Administration will find you not disabled if you are still able to perform an easy job you have had in the last 15 years.
Your Augusta disability attorney will explain you will also be determined not disabled if you can still perform a job as it typically is done, even if that job demanded more exertion when you held it in the past, and you cannot currently perform that job. However, you will not receive any benefit from the “job as it is ordinarily done” rule.
If the ordinary skills required for a job are more difficult than what your job required, the way you performed the job will be examined by the SSA to determine if you are able to do past relevant work. Whether full or part time, if the work is considered substantial gainful activity, the rule applies.
Comparing the mental and physical demands of past work with your current functional capacity will determine if you are able to perform past relevant work.
Ability to Perform other Work
Your Augusta disability lawyer will tell you that the most complicated and difficult step of the entire evaluation process is trying to determine if you are able to adjust to other work that is present in a significant amount in the nation’s economy. Factors that will be considered include your education, age, work experience and remaining work ability.
The Medical-Vocational Guidelines is a tool the SSA uses to determine whether vocational and medical-impairment factors have caused you to be disabled. Your Augusta disability lawyer knows that a rating of disability is more readily given to older claimants.
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