The Social Security Administration acknowledges a basic precept of the human condition: the older we get, the harder it is for us to perform certain types of work and re-adapt to the requirements of a new job. In fact, Social Security Disability law provides different guidelines for different age groups. As a general rule, the older you are, the more likely you are to get Social Security Disability Benefits.
At Ramos Law we win more for you, because we put our heart into it! We are particularly sympathetic to applicants who are forced to start over and learn a new career when –as a result of an illness or a condition– they can no longer perform the duties of their old job. We find that helping Social Security Disability applicants who are over 55 is very gratifying and would like to provide a brief explanation of some of the strategies used by competent Social Security Lawyers who work in these types of cases.
Social Security Disability rules regarding age are contained in the Medical Vocational Guidelines, which are rules used by the Social Security Administration to determine whether an applicant can adapt to a new job. Social Security Disability Lawyers commonly refer to these rules as: “the Grids”.
Once a person turns 55, the Grids play a pivotal role in the Social Security Disability Process. In many instances, the Grids specifically establish that certain applicants qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits as a matter of law. For example, if your condition limits you to sedentary work and you are over 55, Social Security assumes that you are no longer able to adapt to a new type of job. Therefore, age makes a huge difference in determining disability. Based on the Grids, a person that can only do simple sedentary work at 48, will lose, but would be able to obtain Social Security Disability Benefits at age 55. Moreover, at age 60, the rules are even more favorable to the applicant. Social Security assumes that a 60 year old person who is physically capable of performing light work, cannot transition to any other type of work.
At Ramos Law, we know how to use Social Security Disability laws to win benefits for our clients. Not only do we know how to use the law to your advantage, we win more for you because we put our heart into what we do.
Our office represents Social Security claimants throughout both states and has offices in Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA.
For a free consultation with a Connecticut or Massachusetts Social Security Lawyer, you can contact us or call toll free (855) 946-7266.