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Consideration of vocational factors for SSD benefits

On Behalf of | May 26, 2017 | Social Security Disability

Social Security disability benefits are available to those who are suffering from a disability that renders them unable to work for an extended period of time. Eligibility to receive SSD benefits usually depends upon an applicant’s ability to meet the SSA requirements for listed medical or mental conditions, but it may also hinge upon a number of vocational factors.

If an applicant does not have a qualifying medical or mental condition or is unable to meet the criteria for a medical or mental condition listed in the Blue Book, it does not necessarily mean that they will be unable to receive SSD benefits. The SSA will consider other ‘vocational’ factors when determining eligibility.

The SSA mainly seeks to ascertain if an applicant is unable to work for longer than 12 months because of a debilitating disability. In making this judgment, it will take into account vocational factors such as age, work history, work skills and educational background. If the SSA concludes from its evaluation process that an applicant is unable to be employed in the workforce due to their disability, they may be eligible to receive SSD benefits or a medical vocational allowance.

The attorneys at the Philip J. Fulton Law Office in Columbus, Ohio represent those suffering from disabilities and can help them to obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve. Our firm has guided many through the complicated process of filing for disability benefits and SSA appeals. Most attorneys do not get involved until the appeals process, but we pride ourselves on assisting clients through every phase of the process.

We are available to help clients obtain necessary medical evidence, document any part-time work, prepare for possible testimony and determine if they qualify for other benefits. Our dedicated and experienced attorneys can help secure the best possible outcome in all types of social security disability cases.

For more information on social security disability benefits, please visit our Qualifying for SSD/SSI Benefits page.