Are You Over Age 50 with a Disability?

Disability Representation in Cincinnati

Age can be a very important factor in determining disability. The Social Security Administration makes it easier for people over the age of 50 and especially those over the age of 55 to meet the definition of disability. Claimants in these age groups who do not meet the requirements of a physical impairment are often evaluated under a grid system that considers age, education, past relevant work and skills.

It's Easier To Qualify After You Turn 50. But You Likely Still Need A Lawyer's Help.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability may seem complicated, but you don't have to figure it out for yourself. Call today to set up a free consultation to speak with an attorney about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

I'm David Kapor, a Social Security Disability lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Social Security grid system is slightly complicated, but I will try to explain it through a couple of examples:
  •  Over age 50 disability claim example: Suppose you are age 50 or older, you are physically limited to sedentary work, your education level is less than a high school diploma, and the work you performed in the past 15 years is unskilled or semi-skilled (or skilled in ways that do not transfer to other work). In this case, Social Security will direct a finding of disability. You would also be considered disabled if you are a high school graduate or have a higher degree of education but this education does not provide for direct entry into other skilled work. 
  • Over age 55 disability claim example : At age 55, assuming the education, work history and transferability of the previous example, you would be considered disabled even at the light work level. 
This means that at age 50, you can still possess the physical ability to work at the sedentary level and still be considered disabled. At age 55, you may still be able to physically do sedentary and light work but still be considered disabled.

Evaluation under the grid system is limited to medical conditions that result in physical impairments. It does not apply to nonexertional impairments such as mental impairments.

To be found disabled under the grid system, you still must meet other criteria that include a clearly documented, medically determinable impairment and a physical inability to do the type of work you performed in the past 15 years.
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