It is important to know that the disability provisions of the Social Security Act have different applications and purposes as the Americans with Disabilities act. The ADA defines the word “disability” in regards to how a person is able to perform what can be considered “major life activities.” The Social Security Act defines disability differently. To check whether you qualify for disability, contact Indiana social security disability lawyer Martin Barnes.
An excellent guide to assist assessing your condition in relation to your occupation is The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). The DOT describes over 12,000 different occupations. In the DOT, you will find the following:
- Definitions of exertional levels
- Definitions of skill levels
- Exertional level charts (based on levels in the Medical-Vocational Guidelines)
The Social Security Administration (SSA) relies on many publications, including the DOT, even though the DOT has not been revised since the early 1990s. The reason the DOT has not been revised in the past 20 years is because the Department of Labor replaced it with the O*Net. Unfortunately, the O*Net contains very little information regarding the determination of a disability. Therefore, the SSA does not rely on the O*Net when it comes to making disability decisions.
Our knowledgeable Indiana social security disability lawyer can evaluate your circumstances and then inform you of your options. Our attorney can walk you through the legal process and file all necessary legal documents for you. The more complicated your situation; the more reason to consider hiring an attorney who specializes in disability Law.
For more information regarding The Americans with Disabilities Act and whether you qualify for disability, contact Indiana social security disability lawyer Martin Barnes at 317-804-5058.