Suffering an injury on the job can lead to a lifetime of pain, stress and other issues. Not all workplace injuries or illnesses will cause you to miss work for the rest of your life, but some people do experience such an injury. So, what happens if you are unable to return to work due to an injury?
One of the first things that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will do is evaluate your injury and determine if it prevents you from handling the mental and physical capacities of your last job before the injury. If it is deemed that you are not fit to return to this type of employment, the agency will then figure out if you have the education and skills required to work another job.
The SSA will make a determination on employment in another type of job. If the agency determines that you won’t be able to handle another type of job, either due to your injury or education, they will note that you are unable to return to work. This will lead to the agency issuing disability benefits. If this is the case, you will likely be receiving the benefits through a medical vocational allowance.
Since the agency makes the determination on every case, it’s incredibly important that you complete any employment questionnaires correctly. Never minimize the requirements of any job you performed prior to your injury. An attorney can help you complete these forms correctly.
An attorney experienced in Social Security Disability claims can provide help if you’ve suffered an injury on the job and are unable to return to the workforce.
Source: SSDRC, “Can’t Work In My Old Job, How Does Social Security Disability Consider This?,” accessed Nov. 10, 2017