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Over 50 Years Old? Contact Us Now & Win Benefits

disabled woman in pain sittingAre you over 50 years old and unable to work? It can be difficult for older workers to find a new job or change careers. This is especially true if you have a disabling impairment. You may have worked for years at one job and then become unable to do your job because of pain. Pain can cause you to lose your memory, be unable to concentrate, and forget instructions.

There may be other reasons you cannot work. For example, you may not be able to physically work at a job where you must do heavy lifting because of a back impairment. Likewise, you may not be able to learn new things on the job because of pain or mental impairments. If you are looking at applying for disability benefits, there is good news. The law is helpful to people after they turn 50 years old. Contact Cannon Disability Law now and we will explain SSA’s favorable rules to you for free.


For instance, the SSA has different requirements for disability applicants who are over 50 years of age. When you are over 50, the SSA applies a law called the Medical Vocational Guidelines (the GRIDS) to your case. The GRIDS are a table that takes into account your past education and the skill level of your past work. Also, the GRIDS consider whether any of your past skills could transfer to a new job. After the SSA determines your physical residual functional capacity, then they will decide if you are capable of performing in a full-time work. Based upon all of these factors, the GRID rules determine if you are disabled or not disabled.


For example, under GRID Rule 201.14, if you are over 50 years old and are unable to work in your previous job or a similar job, using your unique talents and skills, you may be eligible for disability benefits. This is true even if you could work at a simple, seated job. The reason you would win is that at 50, even if you could work, the SSA believes you will not be hired. The reason you won’t be hired is because you are an older worker.

The GRID Rules also apply at 55 years old. In that case, if you are found capable of light, unskilled work and that is not your past work. Then, you can win benefits. For example, if you work as a waitress you are doing a light, skilled job. The SSA defines light work as work that requires you to stand on your feet most of the day. It is also usually work that requires you to lift up to 20 pounds on a regular basis. At 55 years old, if all you can do is light unskilled work, the GRIDS say you are disabled.


If you have a back impairment that limits your ability to stand, then you can’t do your waitress job. Likewise, if you cannot lift up to 20 pounds because of a back impairment, it also precludes your past job as a waitress. You may also have mental impairments from back pain. For instance, maybe your back pain makes you unable to remember customer’s orders or your boss’s instructions. This would mean you could only do a seated, unskilled job.

If you are limited to performing a seated, unskilled job, you might be able to be a parking lot attendant. Parking lot attendant is a seated, unskilled job. Unskilled means it does not take a long time to learn how to do the job. Perhaps, you could get a job where you sit in a booth and hand out tickets to people who want to park.  But, even if you could get this job and do it, if you are over 50 years old, the SSA’s rules state you are disabled. In other words, you can receive disability benefits even if you are able to work.

The reason for this law is that the SSA believes that a 50 year old person would not be hired to do entry level positions. Because in most of those positions you would be competing against a young worker to get the job. The SSA recognizes that employers prefer younger workers. If the employer has to choose between someone over 50 and someone who is 21, the employer will usually hire the younger worker. This is true especially when it comes to hiring for entry level work.


If you are over 50, call us about your options for obtaining disability benefits. Please note that the GRID Rules are also in your favor if you are over 55, cannot perform your past work, but you can perform light, unskilled work. In that case, a similar test applies and you can also be found disabled, even if you could do a simple, light job. Call 801-322-2121 and we can explain if these special rules apply to your case. Let us help you get the benefits you worked for.

At Cannon Disability Law, it is always our goal to obtain benefits for our clients as quickly as possible. Our lawyers have obtained benefits for thousands of claimants who are over 50 years old. We will help you apply for benefits. Also, we will help you fill out the SSA paperwork and obtain the proper medical records that explain your disability. We have won over $100 million in past due benefits for our clients. Contact us now and put our experience to work for you.

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