How Your Age Can Affect Your Disability Application
If you are 50 years old or older when applying for Social Security disability, it may be easier for you to get approved for disability benefits than it is for a younger person. This is because the Social Security Administration (SSA) knows it can be challenging for an older person to learn a new job skill or to make a transition into a new work place or field. The SSA refers to this as making a “vocational adjustment,” and they use something called “grid rules” to help determine disability claims.
The grid rules are one way you can get approved for disability benefits through a medical-vocational allowance, and Social Security uses these grid rules (commonly referred to as the “grids”) only after it has determined that your disability makes it impossible for you to do the jobs you’ve done in the recent past.
The grid rules use the following factors to determine whether an applicant is disabled:
The applicant’s age
The applicant’s education level
The skill level of the applicant’s past work
Whether the applicant learned any skills that can be used in a different job, and..
The applicant’s residual functional capacity (RFC)
For the grids, the SSA divides applicants into the following age groups:
Younger individuals (18 through 49)
Closely approaching advanced age (50 to 54)
Advanced age (55 and over), and…
Closely approaching retirement age (60 and over)
For more information regarding age and applying for Social Security disability, contact us at Renda Law in Tacoma. Todd Renda has worked with clients from all over Pierce County, helping them get the benefits they deserve. You will need legal assistance to help you get your Social Security disability benefits, and Renda Law in Tacoma, WA is here to help!