Is is possible to win a Social Security disability case on the strength of a shoulder injury alone?

A shoulder injury without restrictions is most likely not enough.

In other words, pain alone is not enough.

A shoulder injury with weakness that affects lifting is necessary.

A shoulder injury with limited reaching at all levels is helpful.

A shoulder injury that affects handling and fingering is even more helpful.

Another factor is whether the injured shoulder is your dominant arm.

If you are under 50 years of age and you are limited to occasional use of the dominant arm and lifting of 10 pounds or less, then you will probably need some other illness or condition to win your Social Security Disability case.

The reason is that most vocational experts will testify that a person with these limitations can perform some type of sit down job.

If you are 50 years of age or older you have a good chance of winning your disability case.

The reason is that most vocational experts will limit you to sit down jobs because of the weight limit.

At 50 years of age Social Security rules make it easier to win even if you can perform some type of job.

If your past work was a sit down job, then you may have a problem if the job could be performed with occasional use of the dominant hand.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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