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If you are over 50 your age can be a factor in acquiring disability benefits.

Developing a disability at any age can be devastating. It can be especially difficult at an later stage in life. It can help to have a Texas Social Security law firm fighting for your rights.

SS disability for those over 50

For applicants 50 and older your age can be a significant factor in determining whether you are eligible to receive SSD benefits.

Disabling medical and mental conditions afflict millions of Americans, and can prevent sufferers from working as they once did.

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are designed to help those with a disability that keeps them from working. These disability benefits can help supplement the income you are no longer able to earn since your condition prevents you from working. Unfortunately, even those suffering from a disabling condition may be denied SSD benefits. The Social Security Administration sets strict guidelines to determine who is disabled, and who is eligible to receive SSD benefits. Applying for SSD benefits can be difficult, and the process is complicated. For applicants 50 and older your age can be a significant factor in determining whether you are eligible to receive SSD benefits.


“Disability” Defined

Generally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a disability as a medical or mental condition that prevents you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least six months, or will result in death. SSD benefits are disability benefits paid through the Social Security Administration to qualified applicants with a work history. Being unable to work due to your condition is a deciding factor in the application process. If your condition is severe and is on the SSA’s list of disabling conditions, you will qualify for SSD benefits.


Applying for SSD at 50 or Older

If your condition is not on the SSA’s list of disabling conditions, you may still qualify if your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working. After determining that you are unable to work due to your severe condition, your age, education, and background will be taken into account. If you are able to still perform some work given these factors, you may be denied SSD benefits. During your application, the SSA will consider the type of work you can still perform.

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If you are 50 or older, the SSA knows you may not be able to complete additional vocational training or education to learn a new job, even when a new job is less physically demanding.

This means that as you age, the requirements that you find work you are capable of performing with your disability slacken somewhat. Of course, if you are unable to perform any work at all given your disability, you may be approved for SSD regardless of your age.


Long Term Disability Lawyers

Hire Experienced Austin, TX SSD Lawyers. If you are 50 years or older, and are interested in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach & Reed today. Our experienced disability lawyers have been serving Texans for over 20 years. We help clients throughout the Austin area, as well as those in San Antonio, Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Central Texas, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We understand the multitude of rules accompanying an SSD application, and we will fight for your benefits. Call our attorneys today at (512) 454-4000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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Bemis, Roach & Reed has helped clients who are disabled from a wide variety of medical conditions. If you are unable to work due to any of the following conditions and have been denied disability benefits, contact us. We would like to help.

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