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Unsuccessful Work Attempts

An unsuccessful work attempt is just what it sounds like—an attempt at work that is terminated because of a claimant’s inability to maintain the work due to his or her disabilities. But as with anything to do with Social Security Disability, the details are important. You will want to consult an Idaho Social Security Attorney and discuss how your work attempts might affect your onset date. To chat with a Boise, ID or Nampa, ID Disability Attorney call 344-3044 or 466-2972.  A Social Security Attorney can quickly clear up the issues for you

The duration of your work attempt is one of the most important factors. Social Security breaks work attempts into three time lengths of time. Work attempts of 3 months and less, work attempts of between 3 and 6 months, and work attempts of more than 6 months. There must be at least 30 days in between the last time you last worked and your unsuccessful work attempt, and there must be at least 30 days after your unsuccessful work attempt and your next attempt at work.

If you work 3 months or less, your efforts will be considered an unsuccessful work attempt if your employment ends or you are forced to cut your hours to the point where Boise Social security attorney firm for all of Idahoyou no longer earn approximately $1,000 a month because of your impairments or because special accommodations you were receiving at work are taken away. If you work three months or less, you don’t really need to prove that your work ended because of your impairment if the reason you give for your failure is reasonably related to your impairment.

If you work 3 months to 6 months, your efforts will be considered an unsuccessful work attempt if you meet the requirements listed above and at least one of the following:

1. You had frequent absences due to your impairment; or
2. The work you did had been unsatisfactory due to your impairment; or
3. The work you did was during a period of temporary remission of your impairments; or
4. The work you did was under special conditions.

Work performed under special conditions includes situations where the person does the work (1) with special assistance from other employees, (2) at irregular hours or with frequent rest periods, (3) with special equipment or the work assigned is specially suited to the impairment, (4) at a lower standard of productivity or efficiency but that was tolerated by the employer, or (5) despite a handicap, but only because of the charity and kindness of the employer. If you worked for longer than three months, to claim an unsuccessful work attempt, you will need to provide some impartial evidence supporting your claim, such as a letter from your boss that provides specific information. For more information, contact a Social Security Attorney in Boise, ID.

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