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Here’s what you need to know about disability in your 50s

Here’s what you need to know about disability in your 50s

| Sep 4, 2014 | Social Security Disability |

While your job and career may be pretty straightforward in your 30s and 40s, things can get a little bit dicey in your 50s and beyond. No matter how healthy a person has traditionally been, this is the time when bodies typically begin to show definitive signs of wear and tear. This is especially true if they have worked a physically demanding job for most of their adult life.

If you are age 50 or older and are suffering health problems that limit your ability to work, you may be feeling uncertain about the future. Your level of disability may mean that you can’t “stick it out” in your current job until you reach retirement age. But if you don’t have the training and skills to work a less physical job, you may not be able to find other work. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration has special rules that apply to applicants over the age of 50 who are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

At Abromson & Carey, we often work with clients who are in their 50s and can no longer work due to a disability. Because the SSA gives special consideration to applicants in this situation, you may be more eligible for SSDI benefits than you think.

For instance, your disability or medical condition alone might not meet the SSA’s criteria for disability. But if you are over 50, you may qualify for benefits if a number of other criteria are met. These include your age, level of education, work history and your level of disability.

Life with a disability is tough, especially if you haven’t reached retirement age and you are worried about your ability to make a living. The experienced attorneys at Abromson & Carey understand this predicament and are here to help. To learn more, please visit the page on our website about applicants over age 50.