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Medical Vocational Allowance

If you’re not capable of work due to a physical condition or accident, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to assist cover the costs of your daily living expenses. One way to qualify for these benefits is through a medical vocational allowance.

The Social Security Administration maintains a document, dubbed the Blue Book, that contains a list of medical disorders that are considered when determining whether or not you qualify for SSD benefits. Many people who receive SSD benefits do not perfectly match one of the Blue Book’s conditions. If your medical condition or disability doesn’t match one of the above conditions but you are nonetheless severely disabled and unable to work in any capacity, you may still be eligible for disability benefits under a “medical vocational allowance.”

A medical vocational allowance entails an in-depth examination of your medical data. Additionally, the SSA will establish the type of employment that you are fairly capable of performing with your handicap, referred to as your “Residual Functional Capacity” (RFC).

If the SSA ends up coming to the conclusion that you are unable to perform any type of work due to your medical condition, even if you do not qualify for SSD benefits under the medical vocational allowance, you may be granted for SSD benefits under the medical vocational allowance.

If you are applying for disability benefits and are concerned that you do not match the SSA’s specific criteria, consider seeking assistance from a disability advocate or an attorney who can assist you in preparing your application and accompanying documentation.