Am I Old Enough? How Age Qualifies for Social Security Disability
Many people assume that qualifying for Social Security Disability is just a matter of reaching a certain age. But disability lawyers in Atlanta will tell you that this is not true. Instead, qualifying for disability has more to do with your ability to perform what is called your “past relevant work.” Although your age is not the primary factor in this question, it may play a role, especially if you are 55 or over.
Past Relevant Work
Think of all the jobs you have held during the last 15 years. This is your “past relevant work.” One of the primary qualifying criteria for disability that is you be unable to perform any of those jobs today due to your disability. If you are still able to perform any of those jobs, your disability lawyers in Atlanta will tell you that your chances for winning disability benefits are close to nil; your claim will likely be denied based on that fact alone without evaluating any other criteria. If you are completely unable to perform any of those jobs, work with your attorney to document and prove that fact with medical evidence and findings. This will aid greatly in your application for disability benefits.
The Medical-Vocational Guidelines
Even if you have established that you cannot perform your past relevant work, there is another key question: whether you are able to perform any work at all, given your age, experience, and education level. The SSA uses a document called the Medical-Vocational Guidelines to make a determination as to how much exertion you are capable of, and whether your medical condition inhibits you from doing a certain level of work. The upshot is that if you are 55 or over and can only perform unskilled light work, the SSA must presume that you are unable to adapt to other work and will likely find you disabled.
Contact an Atlanta Disability Attorney
Your disability lawyers in Atlanta will work with you to try to use these presumptions in your favor. Applying for Social Security disability can be complicated. Talk to an Atlanta disability attorney at the Law Office of Louis B. Lusk at (404) 250-7000.