Applying For SSD After Age 60
The Social Security Administration (SSA) understands how difficult it is for older Americans to adjust to new jobs. That is why it is easier to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you are unable to continue your present job due to a health condition.
Unfortunately, applying for disability benefits can be frustrating at any age. At Harlan Still & Koch, our lawyers understand how overwhelming it is to deal with a complicated government program while also dealing with a debilitating health issue. Our SSD attorneys have been serving Missouri clients in situations like yours for 40 years. We use those years of experience to provide you with individualized guidance at every step of the SSD process.
The Guidelines Of Collecting Benefits When You Are Over 60
The SSA follows specific rules, called “grid rules” for SSD applicants over 60. The “grid rules” consider many factors, including your:
- Level of education
- Past work experience
- Ability to transfer skills
- Number of work credits
- Severity of disability
In addition to these factors, the SSA also categorizes what kind of work you can complete on the grid. Those work categories include:
- Sedentary: Any work you can complete with minimal movement
- Light: Work requiring limited lifting and exertion
- Medium: Work with regular lifting and an average rate of exertion
- Heavy: Work that involves serious exertion and frequent heavy lifting
Even if the grid determines that you do not qualify for disability, you could still receive benefits. Since 62 is the average age of retirement in the United States, there are various exceptions made for applicants over 60.
Providing You With The Experienced Support You Need
You do not have to deal with the complexities of applying for SSD benefits on your own. The attorneys of Harlan Still & Koch are experienced advocates. We are committed to supporting you from start to finish.