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SSI benefits and how limitations are classified

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2019 | Supplemental Security Income

When seeking any kind of Social Security disability benefits, New Jersey residents will undoubtedly be aware that their functional limitations are key to getting an approval. For those who meet the requirements to get Supplemental Security Income of being 65 or older, having limited income or resources, being blind or disabled, it is also important to know how exertional and non-exertional limitations will impact their claim. For assistance with these complex matters, it is always a good idea to have legal assistance.

The applicant’s impairment and symptoms can result in their having limited functioning and restrictions on what they can do. This will hinder them as they try to meet the requirements to do certain jobs. When assessing the limitations, they can be exertional, non-exertional, or both. With exertional limitations, the impairment can keep them from performing the basics of work. If, for example, the person is suffering from pain, he or she might not be able to stand, sit, walk, lift, carry, push or pull. If these are the only limitations the person has, the Social Security Administration will consider them exertional limitations. This can be applied to the determination of whether the person is disabled or not and can warrant SSI benefits.

When assessing non-exertional limitations, these will result in the person being limited and restricted by aspects that are not linked to what they can physically do. It can be mental, emotional, based on comprehension or tolerance. The following can be included: depression, anxiety and nerves; inability to maintain concentration or attention; difficulty remembering or understanding instructions; problems seeing or hearing; inability to tolerate such issues as fumes; or not being able to perform basic functions like crouching, reaching or climbing.

The combination of exertional and non-exertional issues will also be considered by the SSA when deciding whether to approve SSI benefits. For many people, SSI is a critical part of making ends meet and getting the treatment they need. However, there can be confusion or problems getting approved based on the person’s limitations. Understanding exertional and non-exertional limitations is important for a case. A law firm providing comprehensive assistance in Supplemental Security Income cases should be called for advice from the beginning.

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