Social Security recognizes that age, education and past work experience are important factors in determining the likelihood of whether you will be able to find work. As such, SSA makes it slightly easier to win your disability claim if:
- you are age 50 or older
- you have a high school education or less
- you have an unskilled work background
- your medical condition impacts your physical capacity to work
In fact, workers over age 50 have a strategy for winning – the grid rule strategy – that is not available to younger workers.
Workers over the age of 50 often have long, continuous work histories, which can enhance their credibility with the judge. Also, many Social Security judges recognize that in a tight economy, workers over the age of 50 will have a more difficult time finding a job than younger people.
In this video, I explain how Social Security’s bias in favor of older, less educated workers may help you win your case.