If an individual who applies for Social Security disability benefits doesn’t meet the medical listing criteria, then he or she might be eligible using the medical-vocational allowance.
Using this approach, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a grid of rules that works to determine when the applicant became disabled while considering several things, including age, residual functional capacity level, work history and skills, and education level.
When there is limited education, it can be easier to get approved for disability benefits. The SSA views your educational level as an important aspect of your employability. The more education that an individual has, then the greater the likelihood that he or she could perform other work duties.
As an example, someone with a graduate degree will be more employable despite physical limitations than individual who doesn’t have a high school diploma.
Education is often paired with age when considering your employability levels. As an example, someone older than 55 with only a high school diploma is much less employable than someone who is 20 with a high school diploma because the younger person will most likely be able to learn new skills more easily and could pursue a higher educational level.
Consult With A Disability Attorney
If you are applying for disability benefits, consult with a disability attorney who practices in your state. Your odds of a successful claim will increase significantly.
You have nothing at all to lose. Your attorney will gather supporting documentation and review the details of your claim to determine the best way to proceed.