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Aging increases the probability of a disability since our bodies become less resistant to injury and illness. People older than 50 years of age are considered disabled if they are unable to perform their past relevant work and are confined to sedentary work activities. 

If you are in your 50s, social security can consider your education, experience, and age to determine if you are disabled. Continue on to learn more about if you qualify for disability benefits:

What Types of Disabilities Do People File Claims For?

Common disabilities that claims are filed for include:

  • Physical impairments such as stress injuries, carpal tunnel, and knee or hip issues
  • Disc herniations and other spinal disorders
  • Physical and mental impairments caused by illnesses such as cancer, heart problems, diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease
  • Mental illnesses like depression or schizophrenia

Can You Transfer Your Skillset?

If you are 50 or over, and no longer able to perform your job due to a disability, it may be a challenge to transfer your skillset to other types of work. 

Social Security Disability benefits are another form of compensation that may be available to qualified disabled workers. Although workers of any age are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits after claiming a disability, there are special rules for older workers to simplify obtaining disability benefits.

Workers in their older years might not be required to adjust to a new type of work even if they are physically able to.

The Four Levels of Functioning Capacity 

There are four categories used by the Social Security Administration to determine your workload:

  • Sedentary – does not involve lifting more than 10 pounds
  • Light – involves lifting of between 10-20 pounds
  • Medium – involves frequently lifting 25 pounds and occasional 50 pounds
  • Heavy – frequent lifting more than 50 pounds

Even sedentary workers between the ages of 50 and 54 may be eligible for disability benefits. People between 55 and 59 could be eligible even if they can perform light work, and those between the ages of 60 and 64 could collect Social Security Disability benefits even if they can perform medium-level activities.

At Regas & Haag, Ltd., we handle all aspects of Social Security Disability cases. If you think you may be eligible for disability benefits call us today at 330-649-9102 to learn how we can help you get the benefits you qualify for.

Have you recently been injured? Working with a Social Security disability attorney can improve your probability of receiving the benefits that apply to your situation. Here are a few ways that hiring an attorney can help:

They Fully Understanding The Process

Lawyers know your rights and can persuasively argue on your behalf in relation to the benefits you deserve after a personal injury. Their knowledge may help them to cite the rules and laws specific to your case.

They Help You Know and Meet Your Deadlines

You might be surprised to learn that making a Social Security disability claim late can potentially lead to an automatic denial. Attorneys are familiar with the deadlines involved and can help you prepare and submit your application well before the deadline.

They Work With the Social Security Office On Your Behalf

If this is your first time connecting with the Social Security office or testifying before a judge at a hearing—the experience can be intimidating. Your attorney can handle many of these details on your behalf. 

An attorney can also work with you to help strengthen your claim. Sometimes, seemingly inconsequential pieces of evidence or statements can make all the difference—so there are many benefits to having an expert on your side to support you through the process.

When Should I Call an Attorney?

The rule of thumb is always “the sooner, the better.” 

If you are considering filing for a disability claim, you should contact an attorney for a consultation meeting. Getting legal support and assistance beforehand can help you determine the strength of your case and assist you in submitting your initial application. Legal representation is not required, but the likelihood that you will be approved is greater if you have legal counsel on your side.

At Regas & Haag, Ltd., we handle all aspects of your Social Security Disability case. This includes getting in contact with your doctors to obtain your medical records and reports, filing all appeals on your behalf, and preparing you for your hearing.

For advice and guidance for your disability claim, call us today at 330-649-9102 to get started.