You are here

Sedentary Work

When determining whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the things that will be considered is whether you are capable of doing any work that is available. In order to qualify as disabled according to Social Security Disability guidelines, you must be unable to perform any work, including sedentary work.

Sedentary work is the lightest of the four categories of work defined by the SSA. The others are light work, medium work, and heavy work.

Sedentary work is defined as light work (physically), which involves lifting up to 10 pounds. It does not involve more than two hours of standing or walking in a typical eight hour work day. Usually, these jobs require the ability to do light work with your hands doing repetitive tasks which require fine motor skills, literacy, or both.

Social Security Disability claimants who are younger or possess higher levels of education are likely to be deemed capable of performing sedentary work. This is in large part due to older applicants lacking the dexterity to perform many of the available jobs, and also because there are fewer sedentary jobs available to those who lack formal education or training.

Proving that you are incapable of performing sedentary work can be challenging. Not only will it require a good deal of cooperation from your doctor, but in most cases, you will need the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer to help you make your case.

When you initially file for Social Security Disability, you should make clear on the initial application why you are incapable of doing even sedentary work. A qualified Social Security Disability advocate or lawyer can help you fill your paperwork out to best show why your disabilities render you incapable of maintaining any kind of gainful employment, including sedentary work.