In general, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it very difficult to get Social Security disability benefits, especially if you are under the age of 50. There are a number of reasons for this:
- If you are over 50 it can be more difficult to transition and learn the required attributes for a new skilled work position
- SSA statistically will have to pay more money over time to a younger individual. Sometimes it seems like SSA does not like to see younger individuals receiving benefits
- It is easier to recuperate from a serious medical condition when you are younger
- The grid rules make it much easier to win when you are over 50 years old
A claimant that is 50-54 years old will be presumed disabled if he or she cannot return to past relevant work and is limited to unskilled sedentary work. However, if that same individual were 40 years old he or she would most likely be denied Social Security disability benefits. Typically, SSA will make it slightly easier to win a claim the older the individual. Just as a 50 year old may have an easier time receiving benefits than a 40 year old, the same is true for a 60 year old, who would have an easier time winning a claim than a 50 year old with the same background and medical conditions.
While SSA makes winning a claim easier for someone who is over the age of 50, it is by no means an easy road. SSA routinely denies people suffering from severe, debilitating conditions. If you are over the age of 50 and your medical condition is preventing you from working, feel free to contact our law firm today.