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Social Security Disability Over 50

October 2, 2020

Fifty and fabulous. There is no doubt that many people get better with age, adding wisdom and experience to their life skills as well as their resumes. But if the unthinkable happens, or if you’ve been struggling with a debilitating condition for years, turning 50 could mean the difference between being approved for disability benefits or having your claim denied. This blog will provide a summary of why it’s easier to qualify for disability if you’re 50 and older. 

Disability Over 50 Nebraska 

If you’ve celebrated your 50th birthday and suffer from an injury or illness that leaves you unable to perform a job of any kind, you may qualify for disability benefits. The disability over 50 lawyers at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. will serve as your voice, your guide, help you prepare for a successful disability claim. We can ensure your medical records are in place and work with physicians throughout every step of the claim process. Call us today at 402-234-8787. You also can share your story here

Best Age to Win a Disability Claim 

Anyone can apply for Social Security Disability; there are no age requirements to file a claim for benefits. Once you celebrate your 50th birthday, though, age plays an important role in the success of many disability claims. In other words, winning a claim becomes a little easier if you’re 50 or older. Why? 

The Social Security Administration considers anyone between the ages of 18 and 49 as a younger individual. They assume that younger individuals can transition to their skills to a new career field or new work force. Younger men and women also are more likely to learn new skills than older adults. 

Once you turn 50, the government assumes you will have a tougher time developing new skills and transferring their current experience into a new career. For example, if your previous job was in construction or any other physical labor area, and you’re no longer able to sustain that kind of physical demand on your body, Social Security assumes that at age 50 and older, you will not learn new skills for a desk job. At the same time, SSA will assume it’s more difficult for you to transition to physically demanding jobs as you get older. 

Alternatively – and this is where youth can be used against you – Social Security considers you a “younger individual” if you’re under 50. That means you need to prove you cannot do any job at all to receive disability benefits. For instance, if you’re 39 or 40 and suffer a back injury that makes it impossible to work your current job as a carpenter or a teacher, officials will assume you can work a desk job or other office position that doesn’t require you to be on your feet or lift heavy materials. So, your disability request will likely be denied. 

If you’re over 50 and cannot perform the jobs you have in the past, give Watson & Carroll a call. We’ll evaluate your disability over 50 claim for free. 

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 Over 50 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 different 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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