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Does your SSD claim qualify under a medical vocational allowance?

The complexity of a Social Security Disability claim is often seen when a worker develops an inability to work but lacks a clearly defined medical condition or impairment that fits with the listings of the Social Security Administration. Those are typically severe impairments and the presence of one of them is sufficient to make it clear to the claims examiners that you will meet the law's definition of disabled.

An alternative method of qualifying for SSD benefits is through a medical vocational allowance (MVA). Many applicants obtain benefits in this manner, as their impairment or medical condition makes working in their traditional occupation impossible and they are unable to move to any other field of employment that exists in the national economy.

For instance, if your work experience consisted of being employed as a landscaper or construction laborer in the St. Louis area for 30 years, such a job could take a heavy toll on your back and joints. 

You may have developed back problems, which leave you unable to lift significant weight, makes remaining on your feet for any length of time painful and forces you to sit frequently. In such condition, obtaining SSD benefits via an MVA may be a possibility.

Your claims examiner will look at your residual functional capacity (RFC) and then review your age, work history, training and educational background to determine if there are other jobs that potentially would be available. 

Given that most of your transferable skills would demand that you be able to stoop, bend, lift, stand and move on your feet all day long, your limitations would rule out your ability to perform jobs that require those capabilities.

This type of a claim will require substantial documentation to support your assertions. Medical history, tests, reports and other objective information demonstrating your impairment will greatly help your claim.

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