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Does Age Matter in a Disability Claim?

July 7, 2020

People can become disabled at any age. Even so, your age can play an important role in the success of your application for Social Security Disability benefits. This blog will provide an overview of the factors age has in the disability claim process – and how an attorney can help.  

 Age and Disability Claims  

Along with the severity of the disability, including how it impacts your life and ability to work, the Social Security Administration takes age into account when officials are evaluating benefit claims. Officials believe the older a person is, the more limited they are to the kind of work they can do. A younger person, on the other hand, can learn a new skill or seek higher education, and is often able to enter a different career field much easier than someone who has been in the workforce for decades.  

 The SSA considers applicants between the ages of 18 and 44 as “young individuals.” Those between 45 and 49 are classified as “younger individuals,”  while people between 50 and 54 are defined as approaching “advanced age.”  

 After a person’s 55th birthday, the SSA identifies them as being at an “advanced age.” Applicants who are between the ages of 60 and 65, meanwhile, are defined as “closely approaching retirement age.”  

 The SSA looks at work history, medical records, educational background, and residual functional capacity, among age and other important factors. While there is no doubt that young people often need disability benefits if they are unable to work due to an injury, illness, or other condition, the older you are, the easier it is to prove your disability.  

 There are, however, many young people who are approved for disability benefits. Whatever your age, you are more likely to be approved for Social Security disability benefits if you have an experienced lawyer by your side every step of the way.  

 A Disability Attorney Can Help You Win Your Disability Claim 

The Social Security Disability attorneys at Watson & Carroll P.C., L.L.O. will advocate for your right to disability benefits. Our disability team will serve as both your partner and your voice during the entire claims process. We work directly with physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure they are setting you up for success every step of the way. Call us today at 402-234-8787. You also can share your story here. 

 About Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.  

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. Our firm can help. Call 402-234-8787 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential form here. 

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