Representing Older Clients Seeking SSD Benefits
If you are age 50 or older and have become disabled to the point where you can no longer work a full-time job, your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits may be easier to demonstrate than if you were younger than 50.
Understanding the Impact of Age on Eligibility Requirements
Even though there are laws against age discrimination, it is generally true that unless you have a special skill or a long record of experience in a particular field, it is going to be difficult to compete against younger applicants for open positions.
In recognition of this fact, the eligibility rules for Social Security disability (SSD) insurance benefits are relaxed for applicants who are aged 50 or over.
Younger people who develop disabling conditions that prevent them from doing their current jobs but who can still do other work are not eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, if you are over 50, you may be eligible even if you could theoretically perform less demanding work.
Evaluating Clients on a Case-by-Case Basis
The eligibility rules for Social Security disability benefits are complex. Applicants who are 50 or older are not completely exempt from demonstrating their ability to work. Eligibility depends on a combination of their age, education, work experience, and the severity of their disability.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our experienced disability benefits attorneys represent clients in the Buffalo New York in all aspects of the Social Security application process. Contact us to set up a free consultation.