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How Many Days Of Work Can I Miss A Month And Stay Employed?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Social Security evaluates a person's claim for disability, they generally focus on specific limitations. These include things like how much can the person lift or carry? How long can the person sit or stand or walk?  These limitations combine to form what Social Security calls a residual functional capacity (RFC). While this is important, it can obscure a more basic question: how often is this person going to be absent from work?

One Or Two Days Per Month Maximum

Needless to say, an employee has to get to work when scheduled with few exceptions. If a person will miss days at work randomly due to medical

Another Day Missed

conditions, that person's employment will soon be in trouble. Vocational experts generally say that an employee cannot miss more than one or two days per month and keep her job. For those people who do unskilled work, employers have the least tolerance for missed days. This makes sense in that a company can hire a replacement worker for unskilled jobs and have them on duty immediately.  If you are highly skilled, chances are your employer will have more latitude about keeping you around despite being MIA on occasion.

Even Problems That Strike Infrequently Can Be Disabling

When you consider how little time most people can miss from work without their employer firing them, it is clear that it does not take a catastrophic medical condition to be disabled.  There are conditions which strike only periodically but unpredictably. Consider, for example, epilepsy. A person with seizures could be in great health almost all the time. But, when hit by a seizure, that person could lose one or two work days.  In a similar vein are

The Good News Is Its Only Twice Per Month

migraines. A migraine sufferer could be an Olympic athlete. But, several times a month she will be forced to lie down in a dark and silent room for multiple days.  Consider, too, all the gastrointestinal disorders.  Those people who have IBS, or Crohn's or gastroparesis can be just fine most of the time. But, when these problems flare up, these people are certain to miss more than one or two days of work each month.

Work If You Can, But If Not . . .

If you have a medical condition that troubles you only infrequently, you should explore applying for Social Security disability.  If you are consistently missing as little as one day per month of work, Social Security may consider you disabled. That said, you are always better off working than not working. If your employer can accommodate your unplanned absences, that is ideal. If not, however, explore your options.

If you have questions about this or anything else, please let me know.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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