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Are you able to work? That is one of the key questions involved in the process of getting Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This question is surprisingly nuanced and cannot necessarily be answered with a yes or a no.

At the Law Office of Jim McKown, our Indianapolis SSD lawyer has more than 30 years of experience handling these cases. We understand the nuances and, more importantly, we know how to make certain that the judges presiding over disability hearings understand those nuances in terms of how they apply to your disability claim. That is how we succeed. Contact our Indianapolis SSD attorney for a free consultation.

Social Security Disability and Ability to Work in Indiana

Are You Employable?

The real question is not whether you are able to work or unable to work, but whether you are able to sustain a full-year work schedule. In other words, many people who seek Social Security benefits are able to work for some portion of time. Perhaps they can work for a few hours or even a few days in a row before their disability starts to take its toll.

Unfortunately, the realities of the job market mean that employers are not going to tolerate employees who need to consistently call in or leave early because of their disability. In other words, even if you feel like you could work to some extent, no employer would accept absenteeism in the amount that would be required because of your medical condition. Just because you have good days, days when you feel you could work, does not mean you are employable. We are dedicated to making judges understand that fact, and we frequently use the vocational expert to help us prove our point.

Contact a Marion Disabled Benefits Lawyer

Talk to our Marion attorney today about your ability to work. You can reach us toll free from anywhere in Indiana at or contact our SSD attorney online.