Philadelphia Social Security Disability Lawyers Help Workers Ages 50 and Older
Social Security disability applicants are divided into five age groups: those under 45, those 45-49, those 50-54, those 55-59 and those who are 60 and older. The older a person is, the more likely they are to be approved for Social Security disability benefits. This is because the medical-vocational grids that are used to determine eligibility for Social Security disability benefits consider that older citizens have less ability to be trained for new work than younger workers. Social Security disability lawyers in Philadelphia at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore are dedicated to guiding older disability applicants through the “do’s and don’ts” of the Social Security application and appeals process.
If a disability claimant does not have a listed physical disability or psychological or emotional impairment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at the claimant’s RFC (residual functional capacity) to determine if the individual can do sedentary work, light work, medium work, or heavy work. If the RFC does not allow the worker to perform the duties of a former job, then the SSA considers whether the disability applicant can be retrained to do another job, or if the worker’s talents are transferrable to a different type of work.
To determine if a disability applicant can peform a new job, the SSA uses a tool known as the medical-vocational grid. The grid considers the worker’s RFC, education level, skill set, and whether the skills can be transferred to another job. There are separate grids based on the different age groups. A worker 50-54 who can only do sedentary work because of a disability, and whose prior work was in construction, will likely fall into the disabled category because of the challenges the older construction worker would encounter when faced with learning new skills.
Additional Arguments on Behalf of Older Disability Applicants
Our Philadelphia Social Security disability lawyers will often assert that one of the grid factors, such as education level or skill set, was incorrectly determined; that a combination of physical and non-exertional limitations prevents the claimant from working; or that the worn-out worker rule, which covers long-term unskilled physical workers, applies. Our Philadelphia disability lawyers may argue that the next older grid should apply. For example, a 54 year old should really be judged by the 55-59 age grid.
Philadelphia Social Security Law Firm of Eric A. Shore Advocates for Older Disability Applicants
Philadelphia Social Security lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore help older workers get approved for disability benefits by showing that a worker’s age limits their physical abilities and retraining opportunities. Our nationwide Social Security Disability lawyers have the experience to help older workers obtain Social Security before retirement age. Workers who apply for early retirement will receive a reduced benefit for the remainder of the worker’s life. Instead, let Eric Shore help you get Social Security disability now so that you can still get full retirement benefits at retirement age. For immediate assistance, call 1-800-CANT-WORK (1-800-226-8967) for a free consultation or submit an online contact form. We have the resources to help you win your Social Security Case.