Helping Clients Understand Age Can Be an Advantage
You’ve been doing the same type of work all your life. But now, a disabling injury or illness prevents you from doing the kind of work you know best. What can you do? Suddenly, your years of experience seem to mean nothing. Yet, how can you start over in a new job now?
At Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP, our Social Security Disability benefits attorneys understand that it is often much harder to retrain for new work and adjust to a new position after you reach a certain age. The Social Security Administration (SSA) knows this too.
You cannot qualify for Social Security Disability benefits on the basis of age alone. However, when you are 50 to 54 years old, the Social Security Administration recognizes that your age, together with a severe impairment and limited work experience may seriously affect your ability to adjust to other work. If you are age 55 or older, your age significantly affects your ability to adjust to other work.
The Advantages of Age
Your age may work to your advantage in getting your claim for disability benefits approved. For example, you may have a disability that in itself isn’t severe enough to qualify for a younger or better educated person for benefits. However, when your age, education and past work experience are taken into consideration, your application may be approved.
At Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP, we understand that older workers have been contributing to the Social Security system for decades. Now, when you need the benefits provided by Social Security Disability Insurance, we can help you receive them. We can help you in every step of the process – from filing initial social security disability claims to working to achieve a successful appeal.
If you have questions about receiving Social Security Disability benefits in Texas, we have answers. Please contact our Dallas or Houston law offices toll-free at 877-898-1581to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. We can get started working on your claim right away.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.