Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Qualifying for disability benefits can be very hard but not impossible

Someone wrote the following on the facebook page for "I'm beginning to think you have to be dead to receive it."

Not quite...but if a person does not meet or equal a listing, it can be difficult to get approved if they are under age 55 (advanced age) and absolutely more difficult if they are under age 45.

To understand more of the process, see the following:

The requirements for disability
How to win disability

The medical vocational rules for physical ranges of work capacity are not generous for individuals below those ages. However, that does not mean that a person cannot get approved if they fit into the younger age bands. A combination of mental and physical impairments can often have the effect of negating a person's ability to both A) return to their past work and B) switch to some type of other work.

I would say that if a person is a younger individual, certain younger than 45, and they are going to a hearing they would be extremely foolish to go without representation because that is when a theory of the case will need to be formulated and presented to the administrative law judge.

For individuals 50 and older (more favorable vocational rules) and individuals 55 and over (even more favorable vocational rules), cases do not usually present such an uphill climb.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Rules for disability
Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
Age will play a role in determining decisions on disability claims
How does age affect a disability case?
Can you get SSI for a mental disability if there is a trust fund?
Does Social Security send you to their doctors?
How hard is it to qualify for disability?
Disability requirements and how to file in Virginia
Can you get SSI disability faster with financial problems?
How Old Do You Have To Be For Social Security Disability?
Medical conditions for which you can file and apply for disability

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives