Question of the Month: Are Older Workers More Likely to Qualify for Social Security Disability?

 

Here is a little secret about qualifying for Social Security disability benefits: The most important factor Social Security uses in awarding disability benefits is the severity of a mental or physical impairment and to what extent that impairment interferes with an individual’s ability to work. However, age is not far behind as an important deciding factor. Why? Because the Social Security Administration (SSA) applies a basic idea that as we age, it becomes harder and harder to change careers. The older you are, the easier it can be to be approved for benefits.

But it is important to note, we are saying easier—not easy. Regardless of your age, the road to benefits can be complex and difficult to navigate.

Nearly two out of every three disability claims are denied on the initial application. This is why it is important to have a local Social Security disability lawyer review your claim and offer you the best possible advice for your unique situation. Contact Cuddigan Law for a free evaluation of your claim.

 

 

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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