You have a better chance of being approved for social security disability insurance if you are over 50. SSA understands that workers over age 50 who are limited to simple work have a more difficult time finding work than younger individuals. SSA has medical vocational rules which are called “grid rules”, these rules can be found in the Social Security Administration regulations.
At age 50, SSA may approve you if you are limited to unskilled sedentary work and have not performed this type of work in the past 15 years. At age 55, SSA may approve you if you are limited to unskilled light work and have not performed this type of work in the past 15 years. As a result, it is extremely important that you accurately describe all your past work on your application. Sedentary work is defined as job where you sit most of the work day and lift at most ten pounds. Light work is defined as a job where you usually stand most of the work day and lift a maximum of 20 pounds. SSA looks at your age, your past work and your education in deciding where you fit on the grid. I can evaluate your case to see if a grid argument can result in a favorable determination on your claim. Call my office today for a free consultation.