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In addition to knowing the many rules Social Security regularly uses to determine disability (such as by meeting a listing or getting a medical-vocational allowance with or without the grid rules), disability lawyer advocates are experienced in using alternative theories of disability and alternative ways of "equaling" various disability listings. For instance, if you have more than one medical condition, a lawyer can combine the limitations to show how they are equivalent in severity to a listing. Or, if your medical records show that you need to be excessively absent from work or need to alternate sitting and standing or lying down throughout the day, your lawyer can use this to show you can't do even sedentary work. Here are some of the alternative ways to prove disability used by Social Security disability lawyers.