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Our Cleveland Social Security Disability Lawyer on Past Relevant Work

Posted on October 12, 2015

Cleveland Social Security Disability Lawyer Lady of justice, LawA Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help if you are applying for disability benefits. For example, a lawyer may assist you in evaluating your claim and proving that you are no longer able to perform past relevant work. If you do not qualify for disability benefits in your evaluation process, you must prove you are unable to perform past relevant work. Proving this is difficult for many claimants, especially claimants who are without a lawyer.

How Past Relevant Work Is Defined

Social Security regulations and rulings have a specific definition of past relevant work. For example, a job is past relevant work if you performed the job in the past 15 years. The job must have been considered substantial gainful activity, meaning it earned enough money in the eyes of the Social Security Administration. The job must have lasted long enough for you to develop the ability for average performance. Your lawyer will need to identify your easiest past relevant job and then prove why you are no longer able to perform that job. If within 15 years you had a job that you can keep, you will likely not be found to be disabled. Therefore, your lawyer will have to prove that you cannot do your simplest past relevant job.

Contact a Cleveland Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you would like assistance with your disability claim and want a consultation, contact the John Paul Oreh Law Office at (216) 896-0935. The process of applying for disability can be challenging, especially if you are denied and have to appeal, but a lawyer may be able to make it easier. Your Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer may prove to be a valuable asset as you move forward with your claim.

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