The Grids and Your Age – Whose Counting? | Spring Hill Social Security Disability Attorney

You applied for Social Security Disability benefits because you can’t work because of your disability. What does you age have to do with your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are at Hurdle 5: Other Work of the disability evaluation process, your age is an important factor. The Social Security regulations say that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to consider under the Grids your residual functional capacity, chronological age, education, and work experience.

The Grids lump people together by age brackets and treat those within each age bracket alike. The age groups are 18 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59 and 60 to 64. Age is not be applied mechanically if you are on the age borderline between age brackets.

It is funny to note that your age is not explained in the regulations as having any relationship to your ability to work. However, we do know that advancing age can make it difficult to learn new things or adapt to new kinds of jobs – like seated computer jobs! It is not the only factor but a limiting factor that SSA will take into consideration in apply the Grids. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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