Disabled from Physical Work
It is fairly common for workers to become injured or to develop an illness that limits them from working in a physically demanding occupation. It is also fairly common that people in this situation have trouble finding a non-physical, or less physically demanding job. In such circumstances, whether or not your Social Security Disability application is approved depends upon your physical limitations, your work history, your age, and your education, training, and transferable work skills.
How Age and Work History Fit In
If you are able to perform a non-physical occupation that you have performed in the past, then your disability claim will be denied, even if you cannot find a job. If you are age fifty or older and cannot perform occupations you have worked in the past, then your claim will be approved. On the other hand, if you are under age fifty, then whether or not you can receive benefits also depends on whether you have the education, training, or transferable skills from past work to be able to work in an occupation that is new to you. If not, your claim will be approved. Our article “How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Laws to Determine If I Am Disabled?” discusses the Social Security disability evaluation process in more detail.
File an Application and Get a Claim Determination
If you aren’t sure about your eligibility, it’s a good idea to play it safe and contact the Social Security Administration or one of the many skilled attorneys for Social Security Disability to get a formal decision by filing a Social Security Disability application.