When applying for Detroit Social Security disability benefits, it is important to understand how your past relevant work will be evaluated. The Social Security Administration will be tasked with the questions of whether you are able to perform any of the jobs you have had in the last 15 years and whether you are able to perform any jobs that exist in significant numbers in the economy. Your Detroit Social Security disability lawyer can help you understand these qualifications and give you an idea of whether you will qualify.
An important aspect of this test is a text called the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, or DOT, occupied by the Department of Labor. The SSA uses this book to categorize over 12,000 occupations and the level of physical exertion they require. Your Detroit Social Security disability lawyer should be familiar with this volume as it will be used to evaluate your claim at the initial level.
Additionally, when evaluating claims for Detroit Social Security disability benefits, the SSA also references an internal text called the Medical-Vocational Guidelines that describes whether a claimant should be found disabled based on his or her impairments, age, education and work experience. Your Detroit Social Security disability lawyer can explain how this document will be used to make a determination about your claim.
The DOT, as used by the SSA, classifies jobs into three levels of physical exertion as your Detroit Social Security Disability Lawyer can explain. Sedentary jobs primarily involve sitting and require little walking or standing. Light jobs require a significant amount of walking or standing or it involves mostly sitting but with some degree of pushing and pulling.
The DOT was revised in 1991 to define exertional levels differently although the SSA does not officially use this revised version of the DOT. However, your Detroit Social Security disability lawyer might still be able to use the revised definitions if any part of your past relevant work required heavy lifting.
The 1991 revision recognizes that a job that requires constant lifting necessarily involves a higher exertional level because of the frequency of the task. If you had a job where this described your duties, your Detroit Social Security disability lawyer might use this fact to argue that the job had a higher exertional level. This may increase your odds of being approved for Detroit Social Security disability benefits.
Get the expert help you need when preparing you claim for disability benefits. Call Detroit Social Security disability lawyer Marc Shefman at 248-298-3003.