How does the law define sedentary work?
Sedentary work is generally defined as follows: exerting (lifting or pushing/pulling) up to 10 pounds of force occasionally (occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or a negligible amount of force frequently (frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) or 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 all other sedentary criteria are met. The reference to sedentary work is frequently an oversimplification of the restrictions and limitations people on long-term disability claims have. The focus solely on sitting and standing and/or lifting fails to take into consideration the ability to concentrate and focus on the tasks at hand. Many of the denied LTD claims are for people suffering with "invisible" disabilities where mental health and physical health often collide.
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