Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

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Failure to Recover

If an individual fails to recover within the expected maximum duration period, the reader may wish to consider the following questions to better understand the specifics of an individual's medical case.

Regarding diagnosis:

  • Did individual experience symptoms of infection in the skeletal muscles, such as tenderness or muscle spasms?
  • Were other, more serious symptoms noted, such as rash, tachycardia, retinal or subconjunctival hemorrhage, or other areas of inflammation or hemorrhage?
  • Has individual recently eaten raw or undercooked meat?
  • Did blood tests reveal eosinophilia or CPK and LDH elevation?
  • Were additional diagnostic tests done, such as CT or MRI, to detect extent of muscle or organ system involvement?
  • Was a bentonite flocculation test done to confirm the diagnosis?
  • If the diagnosis was uncertain, were other conditions with similar symptoms considered in the differential diagnosis, such as rheumatic fever, arthritis, angioedema, botulism, collagen vascular disease, dermatomyositis, encephalitis, eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, gastroenteritis, idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome, idiopathic polymyositis, influenza, meningitis, pneumonitis, polyarteritis nodosa, polymyositis, and typhoid fever?

Regarding treatment:

  • Were conservative interventions (bed rest, NSAIDs) effective in resolving the symptoms?
  • If not, were hospitalization and more aggressive therapy needed?
  • Did treatment address other organ system involvement (such as placement of pacemaker, respiratory care, etc.)?

Regarding prognosis:

  • Is individual's employer able to make appropriate work accommodations so the individual can return to work safely?
  • Does individual have any underlying conditions (such as immune system compromise) that could impact recovery and prognosis?
  • Has individual experienced any complications associated with the disease (i.e., meningitis, encephalitis, brain damage, myocarditis with associated CHF, nephritis, glomerulonephritis, sinusitis, or pneumonitis) that could impact recovery and prognosis? If so, are the complications being addressed appropriately in the treatment plan?

Source: Medical Disability Advisor