If You Are Over 50 And Disabled, You May Qualify For Special Consideration
To obtain SSDI benefits, a claimant must establish that their ability to work has been significantly impaired. In some cases, a claimant who is unable to return to their prior area of work may be expected to prove that they are unable to perform other types of work, including jobs that require a significant amount of physical labor.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that it may be more difficult for workers who are over the age of 50 to transition to a different area of employment later in life. Over-50 applicants generally have an easier time obtaining SSDI and SSI benefits. But you still may need legal help.
OVER AGE 50?
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Older Workers Have A Harder Time Finding Work
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must show that your disability prevents you from working. Past the age of 50, it may be even harder to find a job that you can do with your disabling condition. This is especially true if you have worked mostly in blue collar jobs. Your body may not be able to handle physical labor or standing on your feet all day like you did when you were younger. And you may lack other job skills needed in the modern workplace, making it harder to get hired for “desk job” positions.
If you were previously denied SSDI or SSI benefits and gave up hope, your chances may have improved now that you are 50 or over. The Social Security Administrations takes your age, work history and employable skills into consideration in determining eligibility for benefits.
Why Do I Need An Attorney?
Turning 50 does not automatically make you eligible for benefits, even if your disability has gotten worse. The rules that govern the SSDI and SSI process can be confusing. The accuracy and timing of the application submission are crucial to avoid another denied application. You need every edge you can get. That is why you should hire a lawyer who focuses in Social Security law.
The Social Security Disability lawyers at the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing have helped thousands of clients obtain SSDI, SSI and other disability benefits, including many applicants who are in their 50s and 60s. Because of this firm’s experience, we will make sure nothing gets missed and everything is in order before sending your application to the SSA office. We also have a strong record of success in disability appeals in the event your SSDI or SSI claim is denied.
We Know Disability Law
Based in Santa Fe Springs, California, our law firm represents clients throughout the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas. We offer a no-cost consultation to discuss filing an initial application or appealing a claim denial. If we are retained to handle your case, we charge no fees unless we recover benefits for you.