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If you are younger, can you get disability Benefits?

We recently entertained the question of age and applying for disability. The specific question was "Can a younger person receive disability benefits?" And by this, its inferred that we are discussing both social security disability as well as SSI disability.

The answer, of course, is yes. A younger person can qualify for disability. As a former disability examiner, I can state that the cases that routinely crossed my desk spanned a wide range of ages, including children (for minor age children, SSI is the program to apply under), adults in their twenties, thirties, and forties, and, individuals in their fifties and older.

And of them, sizable percentages of claimants who were younger than fifty were approved, either on the basis of meeting or equaling a listing (for more on this, read social security disability list of impairments) or by the granting of a medical vocational allowance.

Certainly, the medical vocational rules (used by disability decision makers when attempting whether or not a medical vocational allowance can be granted) tilt more favorably toward those who are fifty and older, and again more favorably toward those who are fifty-five and older.

However, in every single case, the primary determinant of whether or not a claimant is approved or denied, is whether or not they satisfy the social security administration definition of disability.

So, the answer to the question is, yes, a young person can be approved for social security disability or SSI. But, as with all cases, the determination will come down to A) what is in the medical records, B) what the claimant's functional limitations (which can be either mental or physical in nature) are, and C) how these functional restrictions affect the ability to work---work being defined as past work and whatever suitable forms of other work may exist.

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

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

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security