How Can I Determine If I Am Disabled Enough for Disability Benefits?
Your Jacksonville disability attorney is aware that as you get older the Social Security regulations make it easier for you to be determined disabled. For some people it is easier at age 45 (for those who cannot read English), while for a few more people it becomes easier at age 50. For most people at age 55 it is easier, and it becomes easier still for even more people at age 60. You should definitely apply for benefits if you are 55 or older and you are not able to do any job you have done in the past 15 years. If you are 50 or older you should apply if you have a severe impairment that prevents you from performing all but the easiest jobs.
Even if you are a younger person, your Jacksonville Social Security attorney will advise you that it not necessary for you to be bedridden in order to be determined disabled. It is usually enough if you are younger than 45 or 50 and cannot work full-time at any regular job, and you are not able to do your past jobs.
However, in the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA), being found disabled and being unable to work are two different things. While not impossible, it is often difficult to persuade the SSA to render a disability determination for someone who genuinely cannot work.
Your Jacksonville disability attorney will advise you to apply for disability benefits if you really are unable to work, and to keep appealing any denials of benefits at least until you obtain a hearing before an administrative law judge. Should you be denied at the hearing, an experienced lawyer will sometimes be able to figure out a way to win your case by appealing to the Appeals Council.
If you would like to talk with an experienced and competent Jacksonville disability attorney about your Social Security case, please contact John Fagan Accident Lawyers at 904-215-5555.