How Does “Other Work” Affect My Disability Case?


“Other work” is the last of our five obstacles in the disability claims process. If your case has made it to this point, it’s in good shape.

At the “other work” stage, the Social Security Administration attempts to determine whether you can still work at all — including in jobs you’ve never done before. They consider your age, education level, and physical abilities at this step.

What Social Security Says About “Other Work”

We consider your medical conditions and your age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills you may have. If you cannot adjust to other work, your claim will be approved. If you can adjust to other work, your claim will be denied. — The SSA Disability Planner

What “Other Work” Actually Means

In order to win your disability case, you need to prove that you are not capable of performing any work for which you would otherwise be qualified.

  • Age
    • Are you too old to reasonably be expected to reenter the work force?
  • Education
    • Do you have specific training and knowledge that allows you to continue working with a disability?
  • Past work experience
    • Similar to education. Do you have any prior experience in a job which you could still perform?
  • Skills
    • Do you have any skills outside of the realms of work and school that could allow you to keep working?

If you can answer these questions in a way that proves your inability to do “other work,” you will probably win your case.

Now that you recognize and understand the major obstacles in the disability claims process, you’re better prepared to file a claim. That said, there will probably be other questions and challenges which arise. We can help you clear those, too. Contact us for a free consultation and start leaving the obstacles in your path to benefits behind.

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