Social Security Disability: Past Relevant Work and Other Work

Under the Social Security regulations, a person will not be found disabled if he or she can still perform “past relevant work.” In addition, it is vital that you ascertain and prove that you can no longer perform the work of any occupation that you have held in the past 15 years (or within the 15 years prior to that point in time when your disability-insured status prerequisite was met).  Simply put, you must determine what your simplest job was and then figure out why it is that you cannot do that same type of work now.  If you held a simple position in the past 15 years that you can still perform, then you will be found not to be disabled unless you can argue that your ailments meet or medically equal one of the impairments in the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments.  A competent Atlanta Social Security disability attorney can assist you with the preparation of your argument.

Another step that the Administration takes when determining your eligibility for benefits is to determine whether or not you can adjust to other work that exists in considerable amounts within the nationwide economy.  Accordingly, your remaining work capacity, education, age and experience are examined and taken into account. The Administration has provided an essential tool for determining disability status due to medical impairments and vocational factors, known as the Medical-Vocational Guidelines. If you need an Atlanta Social Security disability attorney, please contact Martin & Jones for a free consultation.