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I am wondering if I have a chance to get disability due to my high blood pressure and my age

Good Afternoon, I filed for disability on November 15, 2012. Requested a hearing on July 17, 2013.

My attorney has told me that my chances to get disability are very good due to my high blood pressure and my age.

I have over 5 years of medical records. I lost my job and lost my insurance coverage and have not seen a doctor in three years. On March 19, 2014, I began seeing a new doctor. My blood pressure has been in the triple digit range for over three years!!! My new doctor has put me on three medications to try to bring it down.

I am wondering if I even have a chance to get disability due to my high blood pressure and my age. I will be 60 years in May.

Thank you for any information you can provide me.

I could not really predict your chances of being approved for disability; however your age and your high blood pressure are definitely in favor of you being approved. Under the medical-vocational rules used by Social Security (which are rules that take into account your age, education, skills, and work history), being at least 50 years of age is a clear benefit. And please keep in mind that Social Security takes into account not just the medical condition that you are diagnosed with, but the effect it has on your ability to engage in work activity.

It is good you are going to a new doctor because current medical records from a treating physician verifying the severity of your condition can only help your chances of being approved. Even when the records clearly show that an individual is disabled, when they do not have the ability to present recent medical evidence, they have very little chance of being approved.

Good luck with your disability case.

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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

Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
Medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
What are the Social Security Disability, SSI Requirements For How Disabled You Have to Be?
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
Proving Functional Limitations and why this is Important on a Disability Case
Applying for Disability - Rules and Requirements when you Apply