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Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Disorders and Unskilled Work

Posted on November 16, 2015

When a person is seeking Social Security disability benefits, there are often questions about how mental disorders will be evaluated. There will Stressed Man Cleveland Social Security disability lawyeralso be concerns about residual function capacity and its relationship to unskilled work. A Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer fields these kinds of questions and assists clients with them regularly.

Understanding the Evaluation of Mental Disorders

The criteria to receive Social Security disability benefits are categorized into A, B and C. In certain instances, claimants will meet the criteria for one category but not the other. To paraphrase the Social Security Administration regarding the criteria for category A in the Listing of Impairments, the disabilities listed are examples of mental disorders that commonly arise and are thought to be of sufficient severity to stop a person from engaging in gainful activity. If there is a severe mental impairment that is medically determinable and it doesn’t satisfy the requirements for A, how B and C are assessed will be important since they might be deemed equivalent to A. This person might still be able to receive a finding of disability.

How Residual Functional Capacity Is Assessed

In the event a claimant has a mental disorder that causes a moderate functional limitation, the SSA will assess the claimant’s residual functional capacity. The determination must be made as to whether the claimant is able to perform skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled jobs even though they’re impaired. If there is no physical impairment, a person who shows him or herself to be markedly impaired in doing unskilled work will be granted disability benefits.

Unskilled Work and the Determination of Residual Functional Capacity

If a claimant suffers from mental disorders and it is found that he or she has the ability to do unskilled work, Social Security disability benefits will not be granted unless physical impairments are also present. This is because the SSA can point to many types of employment that are considered unskilled jobs.

Unskilled work is the type of work that doesn’t require more than a limited amount of judgment or requires no judgment at all. This job is simple and can be learned relatively quickly. A person who is not able to work a regular workweek and perform the following will be considered disabled:

  • Understand, remember and fulfill simple instructions;
  • Make judgments that are in line with unskilled jobs;
  • Respond in an appropriate manner to colleagues, supervisors and employment situations; and
  • Deal with alterations to a routine work atmosphere.

Contacting a Cleveland Social Security Disability Attorney Who Can Provide Valuable Assistance

Applying for and receiving Social Security disability benefits can be complicated especially when it comes to unskilled work, mental impairments and residual functional capacity. A Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer can help. Contact John Paul Oreh at 216-896-0935 for assistance.

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