We represent a claimant with complications from prostate surgery who was approved today for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits without even having to attend a hearing with an administrative law judge (“ALJ”). The ALJ not only found that urinary impairments and fatigue prevented the claimant from performing his past work, but also any other work as well.
Transferability means applying work skills that the person has demonstrated in vocationally relevant past jobs to meet the requirements of other skilled or semi-skilled jobs. The ALJ concluded that any skills the claimant acquired from his past work were not transferable to any other jobs; that any other occupation would require too much vocational adjustment in terms of tools, work processes, work settings or the industry in order for any acquired skills to be transferable.
Vocational considerations take on added significance when the impairments at issue are non-exertional. Therefore, we retained and worked with a vocational expert (“VE”) on this matter. Without the VE, it is unlikely that the claimant’s SSD application would have been approved without a hearing.Previous Next
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