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Can you do other work when you have a medical condition?

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2021 | Social Security Disability

When you file a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the obvious focal point will be the medical condition at hand. You will have to prove the cause and severity of your impairment, and how it hinders your ability to do your tasks.

Showing your disability’s ramifications may be no problem for you, but there are other pieces to the puzzle. The Social Security program follows a five-step process, and the fifth step considers what other work you can do.

Your leg injury may keep you from physical work, but can you get a desk job? A larynx issue may make communication hard, but can you get a job that does not need you to speak? You should prepare for questions like these, as the wrong response can get your claim denied.

Other conditions

Your underlying medical condition may not be the only issue that makes work difficult. Any other issues you have, you should remember when you file a claim. Also, even if you do not have an extra medical condition that you are aware of, your age can come into play.


Another issue you may run into in the job market is your qualifications. Employment that requires a college degree or certification may be off-limits to you. On top of this, many employers might not hire you because of your lack of experience or skills in that field.

Keeping these factors in mind can greatly help you during an SSDI review. If the Social Security Administration concludes that you cannot do other work, you should get the benefits you need.