Specific Occupations - Eligibility for Disability Benefits

In evaluating your disability claim, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will first consider whether you can't handle the physical and mental demands of your past work. If you worked a job requiring physical labor, and you now have limitations that prevent you from doing such strenuous labor, you have a pretty good chance of Social Security agreeing you can't work. Social Security will then consider whether you could work if you changed occupations. If you worked a job that didn't give you job skills you could use at another, perhaps less strenuous type of job, you may have a good chance of getting disability benefits, especially if you're older. Armed with information about how your past work is classified, you should have an easier time winning disability benefits -- if your medical condition makes it impossible for you to continue to work.

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