Qualifying for SSDI or SSI
Definition of Disability for SSDI and SSI is the same: The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
YOUR AGE: Social Security rules state that an Administrative Law Judge must take into consideration your age. For people who are over age 50, Social Security understands that there are fewer jobs open and available, as one gets older.
LEVEL OF EDUCATION: Social Security looks carefully at your level
of education in determining what kind of work you may or may not be able to do. Many people with high levels of education might be able to do some kind of sit-down jobs that require little or no physical ability. However, as a person ages these limitations are more pronounced and must be reviewed carefully by an attorney.
WORK HISTORY: Social Security Administration reviews a person’s work history to determine the longevity of work-like activity, the reasons for stopping working, and why a person might not be able to return to past jobs. As a person ages, it is more difficult for a person to do physically demanding work.
I will review your age, education and work history and advise you, based on these and your disabling factors, whether I believe that we can help you with your case. I will work diligently to protect your interests and guide you every step of the way through the process of the Social Security Disability appeal. I will personally speak with you about your case on a regular basis and attend every hearing that is necessary to represent you throughout the case.
Please contact me with any questions you have at 800-844-7727 (nationwide) or in Birmingham, Alabama, 205-414-3088.