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Age & Disability Claims
Although you don't have to be retirement age to get disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, age does play a factor in the amount and type of benefits you will receive. There are benefits available for minor children, adult children, younger workers, and older workers. This page discusses how your age determines what the Social Security Administration will pay to you.
The Coye Law Firm's disability lawyers help people of all ages get the compensation they need for their disabling injuries or conditions. Call our offices to set up a free consultation with an experienced member of our team.
Children under age 18 can get compensation for serious disabilities under the Supplemental Security Income program. Because they need no income to qualify, the standards for judging a child's disability are often stricter than those used for adults. Parents can use these benefits to offset the cost of medical treatment for their child's disability.
The Social Security Administration awards benefits for adult children as well, or those over the age of 18 but still dependent on their parents. Adult children can only get benefits if their disability began before age 22, however.
In both programs, the condition needs to have lasted or will last for at least 12 months or result in death. The child cannot be engaging in "substantial gainful activity," or have a job at which they earn a substantial amount of income as determined by the SSA.
Young vs. Old Workers
The Social Security Administration takes age into account when determining eligibility and amount of benefits. To be considered "disabled," a person within the following age group must meet the corresponding requirements:
- Age 19-49 (also known as a "younger person"): an injury, condition, or illness must prevent the person from doing the simplest sedentary work.
- Age 50-54 (also known as a "person closely approaching advanced age"): the injury, illness, or condition must prevent the person from engaging in sedentary work or returning to their previous employment. Additionally, the SSA considers whether or not the person has any skills transferable to a new position that is similar to their past work.
- Age 55+ (also known as a "person of advanced age"): the injury, illness, or condition prevents a person from engaging in "light duty" work or adjusting to a new position.
A person over age 65 is generally entitled to retirement benefits. When a person receiving disability payments reaches this age, their payments stay the same but are called retirement benefits from that point on.
The Coye Law Firm's disability attorneys and staff know these requirements well. Clients who wish to appeal their denied claims should call our offices to schedule a free consultation. When you speak to someone from our team, we will help you determine whether or not your age plays a part in your denied disability claim. Call us today.