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If you have applied or are considering applying for disability in Ohio, remember that a Cleveland disability attorney may prove to be a valuable ally as you seek the benefits you deserve. For example, a Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help you understand the rules for determining disability. You should understand these rules as you navigate applying for disability or preparing for your hearing. The rules for determining disability generally apply to impairments that affect your ability to stand, sit, lift, bend, walk or work with your hands. Mental impairments are considered as well but are more complicated. If you are unable to do some kinds of manual labor, whether because you have problems with your back, heart, lungs or some other medical problem, your lawyer will be able to look at the rules and figure out how you are going to be able to win your case.
If you are under the age of 50, the general rule for determining disability is that you need to prove you cannot keep an easy job that requires sitting down. You must also be able to prove that you are not able to keep a job where you are allowed to alternate sitting and standing during the workday. Even though such a job might not even hire you, you will need to prove this. If you are between the ages of 50 and 54, the general rule is that you have to prove you are unable to perform light work. This is work involving being on your feet most of the day and work involving lifting 20 pounds occasionally. Therefore, even though you may be able to have a desk job, you can still be found disabled. Earning disability is even easier once you are 55 or older. All you need to do is prove you cannot do “medium” work, or work involving being on your feet for most of the day, frequently lifting up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds. You can be capable of light work and still be found to be disabled. Therefore, your lawyer will prove what you can do as well as what you are unable to do. In most cases, judges will not accept that you are incapable of doing anything at all. This is not a valid explanation for why you are disabled to most judges. You will need to explain why you can no longer hold past jobs.