Factors in a Missouri Social Security disability claim

A fairly common concern I hear from people that call the office is the local Missouri job market is not good or they can’t drive and their Missouri town does not have public transportation.  There are many questions about what factors in a Missouri Social Security disability claim.

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Springfield Missouri Disability Lawyer

Because Social Security is so focused on work capacity, you may be wondering if non-medical factors are considered by Social Security – matters such as:

You can’t drive or don’t have transportation to get to a job.  No bus in your town.
Your Missouri community has a very poor job market
You can’t go back to your old high paying job and the pay offered by one of these simple, entry-level jobs would not be enough to support your family
You would not pass a pre-employment physical
Problems getting hired or  getting back into the workforce after being out of work for some time, maybe for months or years

In Social Security disability claims, the factors described above and others that are closely related are not part of an Administrative Law Judge’s consideration(ALJ). The only issue the ALJ looks at is, if a simple entry-level job was available (not is available), could you do that job 8 hours per day, 5 days per week without needing special accommodation or help from an employer. All of the other issues – transportation, pay, job market, etc. – are not considered.

It is also important to remember it is the claimant i.e. YOU (or your family member ) that has the burden of proving that you cannot reliably work any type of job. It may not seem fair to you that you have to fight so hard to get money out when you paid taxes into the system for so many years, but this is the system Social Security has created and you have no other choice.

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 disability attorney, 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 and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to file your appeal or ask for a reconsideration if you live in Arkansas or Oklahoma.


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