If you are between the ages of 50 and 65, and you sustain a debilitating injury or illness, it’s easy to believe that there’s little hope for your financial future. This is simply not true. The SSA understands the unique and challenging situation you are in, and it makes special provisions for these types of cases.
Disability Claims for Over Age 50
The initial application for individuals age 50-64 for Social Security disability benefits are often denied. However, special considerations are made with regard to your age, skillset, and ability during an appeal hearing. This is one of the many reasons why it’s so important to hire a lawyer who specializes in age 50-64 Social Security disability, such as Lisa M. Ritacco. Attorney Ritacco is familiar with what these considerations are and knows what to do to strengthen your disability claim at the appeal hearing where vocational testimony is often taken.
Over Age 50 Social Security Benefits
The SSA may require people under the age of 50 to explore possible employment opportunities that they are physically or mentally able to do, even if they possess no prior experience relative to those jobs. When you’re over 50, however, it can be difficult — if not impossible — to find employers willing to hire and train you because you are approaching retirement age. Therefore, even if you are physically able to carry out light or sedentary tasks, you may not be considered hirable. The SSA recognizes this challenge.
It is actually easier to be approved for age 50-64 Social Security disability benefits than it is for people between the ages of 18 and 49. When you reach the age of 55, the process becomes easier still. Even so, it’s a good idea to anticipate receiving a denial letter at first — 65 percent of all claims, regardless of age, are initially denied, but many are later approved at the appeal hearing.
Just because it’s easier to have your claim approved, however, does not mean that it’s a sure thing. It is possible to have a legitimate claim and still not receive benefits if you don’t submit the proper documentation and file all of the right paperwork in a timely manner. Having an experienced age 50-64 social security lawyer can ensure your case is strengthened by the right documentation and paperwork.
Hiring Your Age 50-64 Social Security Lawyer
While many attorneys offer SSI and SSDI services, very few offer these services exclusively. Attorney Lisa M. Ritacco deals only with SSI and SSDI claims, and she represents clients with claims throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. She brings nearly a decade of specialized experience to her clients of all ages throughout all phases of the SSD and SSI process. Contact the office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation for your disability claim.