3.4 GRID Rules Age, Work, Education


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When the SSA makes a decision on your future work possibilities, they should consider your circumstances as an individual and what kind of career move is reasonable or even possible. Age, education level, and again, work history should all factor into the decision on your eligibility for SSDI.

Considering your age, work history, and level of education, the SSA applies what are known as “GRID Rules” to your case. The likelihood of a person being disabled doubles at age 50 compared to age 40 and then again at age 60.

Keep in mind that if you are younger than 50 years of age, you must prove that your medical conditions prevent you not only from doing the work that you performed in the past, but also from performing any job whatsoever in the economy on a full-time basis.

After age 50, you may still be able to physically perform and be competitive in certain jobs, but the GRID rules will tip the scales in your favor with each passing year. As you reach these age milestones, the government acknowledges that it may be more difficult to adapt to a disability, change careers and retrain for a new job. GRID Rules also open the door to have some or all your monthly payment converted to a retirement benefit, accessible when you reach retirement age. Will the GRID Rules help your case? Our experienced disability advocates can help.

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