Have you ever walked in to a party and found yourself either totally overdressed, or under-dressed for the event?
Getting ready to file for Social Security is a bit like that. You have to know which standard of disability you are going to face! If you don’t, well, you may just be preparing for the wrong case.
Social Security divides disability cases into 3 age ranges (with different standards of disability for each):
- Before you turn 18, Social Security uses the “child” standard for disability evaluations.
- After you turn 18 (and before age 50), Social Security uses the “adult” standard. You have to show that you are unable to do any type of work which exists in substantial numbers in the national economy. That bit of legalese basically means that you have to show that you can’t do any kind of work anywhere, anyhow so long as it is a substantial gainful activity (SGA). Social Security can deny your benefits if you are able to perform work at any exertional level.
- Once you turn 50, the disability rules get easier because Social Security feels that the older you are, the harder it is to transition to new work.
Now that you know what you are up against, follow the links and start learning what you need to prove your are disabled based on your age.
Note: some attorneys do not want a case where an individual is less than 50 years old. Note that it isn’t possible to win a Social Security disability case if you’re under 50, it’s just that they don’t want to do the hard work (just my opinion).