If you have suffered a workplace injury that resulted in an impairment or disability, you are most likely pursuing social security benefits (if you aren’t, then you definitely should).
But as you have begun filling out all the information necessary to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) about your impairment or disability and determine if you qualify for social security benefits, you have most likely stumbled upon the term “basic work-related activities.”
Our Los Angeles on the job injuries attorney at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach explains that the SSA uses the term “basic work-related activities” to determine the severity of a worker’s impairment or disability. In order to qualify for social security benefits, your physical or mental injury suffered as a result of a workplace accident must not only meet the duration requirement, but must also be severe enough to interfere with basic work-related activities.
If both criteria are met, you are entitled to social security benefits in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. So the question is, “What activities does the Social Security Administration consider “basic work-related activities” when determining whether you qualify for social security benefits or not?”
When people hear the term “basic work-related activities,” they automatically think about such physically demanding activities as lifting and carrying objects. But in reality, this term covers a much wider range of activities, including standing and sitting.
Under the Social Security Act, basic work-related activities include but are not limited to such activities as:
As you can see, it gets more and more confusing every minute. We invited our experienced on the job injuries attorney in Los Angeles to define the term “non-exertional activities.”
Under the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles (SCO), non-exertional activities include but are not limited to:
According to the SSA, a worker’s impairment or disability is considered “severe,” and he/she is therefore entitled to social security benefits, if the workplace injury limits his/her ability to perform at least one work-related activity such as:
Speak to our workers comp lawyers in Los Angeles at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach to determine whether or not you qualify for social security benefits. Get a free case evaluation by calling our offices at 818-609-7005 or complete this contact form.