Friday, March 30, 2007

Social Security Disability and SSI for those over 50

Many of you have heard that if you are 50 years of age or older your chances of getting Social Security Disability are greater. In general this is true but not absolute. The reason I say this is because before you get to step 5 of the process you have to show you can't do prior work at step 4. Click this link to see Social Security's five step process. If your prior relevant work included sedentary work you will first have to show you can't do that work. On the other hand if you only did heavier than sedentary work it is much easier because if you are found to be limited to sedentary work you go to step 5. Getting to step 5 and an evaluation under the Grid Rules is were being 50 years old or more gives you an advantage over younger claimants. This can be a rather confusing topic and you should follow my links above and read those sections carefully to get a full understanding of what I am talking about.

Monday, March 26, 2007

I will be updating progress of new SSDI process

I will be attending a conference of Social Security Disability lawyers in a few weeks. I plan to pay close attention to anything on the new SSA process being tested in the Boston area. I will learn all I can about how it is going and the positive and negative things we can expect when the new process finds its way to all the states. Check back here because I will give my thoughts on how it is going and what it means to you.