To perform heavy work, as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you need to be able to frequently lift 50 pounds at a time. Your maximum sustained work capability is determined using medical records and questionnaires completed during the application process.
When evaluating your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD), SSA will consider only ailments and restrictions that are present in your medical records. In case you are found capable of performing heavy work, you will not be eligible to receive SSDI benefits. You also will be considered capable of performing any job classification below heavy work, such as medium, light, and sedentary work.