Disability Benefits for Inability to Stand or Walk for Long Periods of Time
If you have an inability to stand or walk for long periods of time, you may qualify for disability benefits.
One of the ways the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines whether you qualify for disability benefits is by assessing your work-related limitations. They do this by having you complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment.
An RFC is a detailed report that discusses the work-related limitations that result from your impairment. The goal of the RFC is to determine the most you can do on a regular and continual basis at work (eight hours a day, five days a week, or an equivalent schedule).
The following is a list of categories the SSA uses to qualify your work-related limitations:
- Sedentary work takes place mostly sitting down, but allows lifting up to 10 pounds, occasionally carrying objects (like files), and walking and/or standing up to two hours per day.
- Light work allows lifting up to 20 pounds and frequently lifting and carrying up to 10 pounds, with the majority of the day spent standing or walking.
- Medium work can require lifting up to 50 pounds and frequently lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds.
- Heavy work can require lifting up to 100 pounds and frequently lifting and carrying up to 50.
- Very heavy work can require lifting more than 100 pounds and frequently lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds or more.
To qualify for disability, you must prove to the SSA that you are not capable of doing sedentary work. The inability to stand or walk for long periods of time is one of the limitations the SSA accepts as a prevention of sedentary level of work.
However, this may not be enough to qualify you for disability benefits. You may have to meet other criteria to get your disability case approved.
At Giles Disability Law, we will work with you to file your disability claim for your inability to walk or stand for long periods of time. We will work with your doctors to build the evidence that Social Security requires.
We have nearly 20 years of work experience in the Utah Social Security system, qualifying us with an in-depth knowledge to handle your case. Contact us for qualified, experienced Social Security Disability representation.