Social security disability rules are complex enough on their own for people of younger ages. With the elaborate maze of people involved in the process and the rules governing them, having a determination of disability can be a very difficult process even for the truly unable to work. However, the rules change at the age of 50 due to the Social Security Administration’s guidelines, commonly known as the grid rules. As governed by the statues seen here, a person approaching or over the age of 50 will have different determinations of working ability depending on the circumstances.
Due to the fact that the rules change for aging people, the need to an attorney increases. With these rules affecting a decision that could follow a person for the rest of their life, there is little room for error. These grid rules will factor in several important issues that can affect whether a person over 50 is considered disabled. It is important to factor in your own work history and consideration on whether or not you will be able to work in the future.
Changes that can affect the decision include:
- Determination of level of work that can be completed– sedentary, light, medium, heavy, or very heavy
- Educational level
- Previous work experience
- Ability to use English
Keep all of this in mind if you believe that you or a loved one is disabled. If you are not sure, you could contact an attorney with the skills to assist you in this trying time.