How your age could affect the SSDI application process

by Aug 2, 2015

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Disability benefits are crucial to the millions of people who collect this money. However, as we have noted in previous blog posts, the process of securing these benefits to begin with can be frustrating, lengthy and complicated. Too many people make the mistake of thinking that they are tech-savvy enough or old enough to figure out the process alone, but the fact is that it can be difficult for everyone.

Whether you are 25 or 55, you can face a number of challenges as a result of your age when you are applying for Social Security disability benefits.

If you are younger than 50, you could be facing some very difficult challenges in terms of proving your disability. Younger people typically have stronger immune systems and may be able to undergo more rigorous rehabilitation programs than older people. Social Security Administration agents may therefore be unconvinced of a disabling condition. Further, younger people may be more comfortable using new technology and learning new things. The SSA may find that a younger person can have a much easier time finding gainful employment and deny his or her application.

This doesn’t mean it is easy for someone over the age of 50 to secure benefits, as people in this group face challenges as well. For instance, older applicants may suffer from several different conditions that have gotten worse or are expected to get worse over time. This can make it very difficult to know what medical information and records need to be submitted to the SSA. Further, there may be more of an opportunity for SSA agents to misinterpret information or draw the wrong conclusions when they are assessing which, if any, of the conditions are disabling.

No matter how old you are, receiving SSDI benefits can be crucial in helping you live your life and manage your health. It is also important to keep in mind that you are never too old or too young to ask for help when it comes to a process you have never navigated before.

The attorneys at our firm have helped people of all ages file SSDI applications and appeals. If you suffer from a serious condition and want to know more about your options to pursue SSDI benefits, then you can visit our website to learn more about our firm’s background and capabilities.