Medical Disability - How does Social Security view your work and medical records

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What guides Social Security Disability decision makers when they determine the severity of your medical conditions and what work you might be capable of performing? Social Security uses the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) to determine the physical and mental requirements of various types of jobs; additionally the DOT considers the skill level a job requires.

For example, if an individual performed a job that required strong intellectual skills to perform the job, social security may allow that job to be ruled out if the individual has a
mental impairment such as severe depression, anxiety, loss of mental function (i.e. stroke, head trauma, aneurysm), or any other significant mental impairment.

For many disability claimants who have jobs that do not have significant exertional requirements (it is more difficult to achieve a Social Security Disability approval if your work was classified as "less than sedentary exertion", "sedentary exertion", or as "light exertion"), their job needs to be ruled out, so that Social Security can determine if their skills are transferable to any other types of jobs.

I must mention at this point that Social Security's vocational medical guidelines also consider an individual's age. Generally, individuals over fifty-five have a better chance for a medical vocational approval than younger individuals. An individual's educational background is also considered when determining a person's ability to perform other types of jobs if their job has been ruled out due to medical and/or mental impairments.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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