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Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits After Age 50

The Social Security Administration recognizes that older workers can find it more difficult to adjust to new types of work. As a result, you may qualify for disability benefits after you reach age 50 even if you did not qualify when you were younger.

The lawyers at Pashler & Devereaux have extensive experience helping older workers qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. From our law office in Amherst, we represent clients throughout western and upstate New York.

Older Workers Might Not Need To Adjust To Other Types Of Work

When you apply for Social Security Disability, you will be assessed on whether you can continue to do your line of work or learn another type of work. If you are over 50, you might not have to make the difficult transition to doing another type of work.

There are four types of functional capacity categories that are based on how much you can lift:

  • Sedentary: The job does not involve lifting more than 10 pounds.
  • Light: The job involves lifting more than 10 pounds and occasionally up to 20 pounds.
  • Medium: You are frequently required to lift 25 pounds and occasionally over 50 pounds.
  • Heavy: You frequently must lift over 50 pounds.

Older workers may qualify for Social Security Disability even if they can perform sedentary, light or medium work depending on their age, education level, work experience and other factors. The rules are complicated, and it’s important to seek the help of an experienced attorney.

Call A Social Security Disability Lawyer Today If You Need Help

Our attorneys will take the time to fully assess your condition and help you get the benefits you deserve. Give us a call today at 716-874-1739 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.