How to obtain a medical vocational allowance

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2020 | social security disability

An Indiana resident who has a disability may be entitled to financial assistance from the government. The applicant may be approved if their condition is among a list of impairments considered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It’s also possible to obtain benefits through what is known as a medical vocational allowance. Before granting a medical vocational allowance, an examiner will review the applicant’s medical records and work history for the past 15 years.

The allowance will be granted if an examiner concludes that the applicant cannot do any job that they performed in the past 15 years. An examiner must also conclude that an individual cannot perform any other type of work based on their age and level of education. Applicants may ask for benefits on the basis of either a physical or mental impairment.

For instance, an individual could claim that they can’t work because of an inability to walk or sit for long periods of time. Mental impairments might include an inability to concentrate or interact appropriately with others in a work setting. Those who have short- or long-term memory problems may also be deemed to have a mental impairment that makes it impossible to work. Applicants can improve their chances of obtaining benefits by providing examiners with as much detailed information as possible.

An attorney that handles Social Security disability cases could help an applicant pursue benefits. Depending on how severe their disabilities are, the individual may be entitled to benefits for many years or decades. An attorney might take steps such as organizing medical records or ensuring that an appeal is filed in a timely manner. Legal counsel may also represent the applicant during an administrative hearing.