Social Security Disability applications are often denied due to the strict regulations the
Social Security Administration (SSA) has set when determining actual medical impairment. Being denied
once does not mean being denied permanently. Furthermore, your medical
impairment doesn’t even need to change or worsen before you can gain the
benefits you need thanks to a secondary system known as
Grid eligibility and its governing “grid rules” was created
to help older individuals – 50 and up, in most cases – gain
approval of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits after they have
been initially denied due to one circumstance or another. The belief of
the SSA is that older individuals have a more difficult time adjusting
to a new workplace or occupation after suffering an injury that removes
them from their chosen profession.
For example: someone over 50 who has only ever done construction but can now only
do sedentary or seated work may have considerable trouble learning to
do an office desk job that requires computation skills. The SSA has set
up a grid of factors that, when applied to a denied applicant, can come
together to actually gain their approval for benefits.
The contributing grid factors are:
- Education level
- Skill required for previous occupations
- Transferrable job skills
- Residual functional capacity (maximum hardship that can be endured)
In most cases, age is the grid factor that weighs the most on whether or
not grid eligibility will be granted. As another example, someone who
is over the age of 50, did not earn a GED (General Education Diploma),
and did not learn any transferrable job skills in the past, they could
earn SSD benefits despite not having a normally-accepted medical impairment.
On the other hand, someone who is younger, has a college education, and
has a wealth of job skills may not gain SSD benefits due to the grid’s
factors, even if they have a slight medical impairment.
To learn more about grid eligibility, or to file a Social Security Disability
claim after you have been denied necessary benefits, call Disability Action
Advocates toll-free at
888.421.8705. Our Las Vegas Social Security Disability attorneys can help you understand
your rights and navigate this notoriously complicated process. Fill out an
online case evaluation form today to begin.