Does the SSA look at the Missouri Job Market to decide my disability case?
The short answer is NO.
The Social Security Administration only looks at the claimant’s work capacity. When you appear at your hearing at a Missouri or Arkansas ODAR, or hearing office, the judge will most almost certainly have a vocational witness appear to serve as an expert. The judge will ask the vocational witness a series of question to help the judge understand whether any jobs exist in the regional or national economy that you could do, given your medical limitations. It is important to remember that it is not only the fact that you cannot go back to your past work that is relevant for most claimant’s but could you do a simple, entry-level jobs?
Because Social Security is so focused on work capacity, many Missouri and Arkansas claimants think Social Security will look at things other than their health– matters such as:
- No car and/or no drivers license
- Lousy local job market
- Child care issues
- Low pay offered by one of these simple, entry-level jobs would not be enough to support your family
- Personal experience that employers are not likely to hire a person with XYZ impairments
- Getting back into the workforce after being out for months or years
Unfortunately, these issues and others like them are NOT things that the Social Security Administration or it’s administrative law judges would consider.
The only issue – if a simple, entry-level job was available, could you perform it 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. All of the other issues – transportation, pay, job market, etc. – are not considered.
Remember, in a disability case, the person claiming they are disabled has the burden of proving that they cannot reliably work any type of job. It may not seem fair to have to fight so hard to get money out after paying into the system for so many years, but this is the system Social Security has created.
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Think you may qualify for disability in Missouri or Arkansas? Would you like a free evaluation by an experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer to know your chances? Want answers on what you can do to benefit your family?
The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions about your Social Security disability claim. Many people may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a Missouri disability lawyer or Northwest Arkansas Social Security disability lawyer, but we only handle Social Security cases on a contingent fee basis.
In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs simply call (417) 883-5886 or Toll Free 1 800 345-0535 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to ask for a reconsideration if you live in Arkansas and 60 days to appeal in Missouri.
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Also filing out this review form is not filing your appeal and this website in no way related to the Social Security Administration.
What can be learned from these patterns of denials? The most important concept to take away is that if you are a claimant, you will need to seek medical treatment. In my review of cases, no treatment equals no benefits. Another important lesson is that you have to collect the evidence if you want it considered. You cannot depend on Social Security to do it. Finally, you have to hang in there and expect to appeal. The system is not set up to look at your case objectively from the start. Chances are good that your claim will be denied at the initial and reconsideration stages through no fault of your own. If you do not appeal, you cannot collect benefits.