These vocational realities are codified in the grid rules. The practical effect of the grid rules is to authorize a judge or adjudicator to find you disabled even if you can still do some level or work.
The Grid Rules Only Apply When You
Have Physical Limitations
At the top of this site, you will see buttons labeled “Sedentary,” “Light,” and “Medium.” These terms refer to your physical capacity for work, and are defined as follows:
Sedentary: Sedentary work means that you are able to sit for up to 6 hours in an 8 hour day, and lift up to 10 lbs. occasionally during a day
Light: Light work means that you can stand and walk for up to 6 hours in an 8 hour day, lift 10 lbs. frequently and 20 lbs. occasionally
Medium: Medium work means that you can stand and walk for up to 6 hours in an 8 hour day, lift 25 lbs. frequently and 50 lbs. occasionally
You can only use the grid rules if you have a physical limitation. Purely mental health problems or a pain diagnosis without lifting and standing restrictions will not allow you to use the grids.
Examples of cases that considered the grid rules are available for your review on this site.
If your doctor has given you specific lifting and standing restrictions or if you have a sense of where you fall on this scale, you can click the appropriate button and find your profile. If you see the word “disabled” on the right column, you may have a good chance at winning under the grid rules.