In a Social Security Disability claim or SSI claim what is a “medical assessment”?

A medical assessment describes your medical ability to do work like activities such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, handling objects, bending, kneeling, pushing and pulling objects, hearing and speaking. It may involve your ability to work around dangerous machinery, to work at heights, to use ladders and ropes, to work in hot or cold temperatures and to work in an environment with dust, fumes or chemical exposures.

If you are making a claim based on a mental impairment, the medical assessment will include your ability to maintain attention and concentration, your ability to work with or around others including the public, supervisors and coworkers, or your ability to control your behavior in a work setting.

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