IMPORTANT SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INFORMATION
Will My Age Be a Factor in Determining My Social Security Disability Claim?
Yes. Our society places great emphasis on the appearance and attributes of youth. However, when it comes to determining a Social Security Disability claim, youth can be a disadvantage. The younger you are, the more difficulty you may have in being approved for Social Security Disability benefits.
Your age, in combination with other considerations, such as residual functional capacity, education, skills, and work experience, are factors that the Social Security Administration will consider in determining whether you are disabled. They will also consider not only whether you are able to perform your prior work, but whether you can adjust to less demanding work – even if it means earning substantially less wages.
The Social Security Administration has established age categories and vocational guidelines that are used in determining whether or not an individual is disabled. While a very slight consideration is given to claimants between the ages of 44 to 49, Social Security law establishes a presumption that anyone less than 50 years old has the ability to undergo vocational retraining and adapt to other work. The burden of proving disability begins to decrease beginning at age 50. The public policy behind this rule is that claimants over age 50 will have significantly more difficulty relocating, returning to school, changing employment or careers, and learning new job skills than younger claimants with similar impairments. Anyone under age 50 should absolutely employ an experienced and competent Social Security Disability attorney advocating on your behalf.
If you are age 50 to 54, the Social Security Administration will consider that your age along with severe impairments and limited work experience would likely seriously affect your ability to adjust and retrain for other types of work. If you are 55 or older, the Social Security Administration will presume that your age will significantly affect your ability to make adjustments to other work. If you are 60 or older, these presumptions are even stronger. Another very important factor in proving disability at various ages is the physical exertion and skill levels you need to perform your past jobs. A very strong general rule of thumb is that the older you are, the lower the burden of proof you must meet to establish disability under Social Security guidelines.
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David Gantt and his staff handled my disability claim and they were excellent. I highly recommend him, he is the best in Western North Carolina. Mrs. Kelly Reaves 5.0 stars November 5, 2019
David is clear, precise, and delivers as promises.
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I was very satisfied with David Gantt’s expertise and knowledge in all aspects handling my case. He dealt with all the paperwork and contacted all necessary providers to get my medical history – it was extremely hassle free! He communicated and counseled me on what to expect – being very forthcoming (he’s a straight shooter)!…
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Mr. Gantt took good care of me. I will be forever grateful for him getting me the social security payments I need for a disability due to military service. He seems like a genuine compassionate good man. I highly recommend! ~C.M.
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Mr. Gantt is a highly compassionate and professional lawyer. He worked hard for me to show my disabilities. Always pleasant and supportive, while being very much on top of his cases. I recommend David Gantt to anyone. Great Attorney! 5 Stars. ~ Dakota
Wonderful client services..very friendly and willing to go the extra mile to help clients. highly recommend him for anyone needing assistance for the Disability SSI. ~T.D.
I am so grateful to Mr. Gantt & his staff. They have been so professional and knowledgeable. They’ve answered all of my questions and made a very stressful situation, bearable. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Gantt. He is knowledgeable, professional & caring. ~J.H.
Linda Calloway Mundy David Gantt is an outstanding Lawyer. I highly recommend him. He was beside me all the way and I would like to thank him. ~Linda 5 Stars
David Gantt and his staff are very professional, upfront, honest and nice. They made me feel at ease discussing my case. They helped me with every step of the way towards my disability approval. I would recommend them to anyone. They kept me updated on everything. Just wish I had contacted them sooner. ~D.P.S.
When I applied for Social Security Disability I saw no reason that I would need a lawyer since my case seemed clear. It wasn’t until the second rejection that I realized that I had no idea how the system worked. A couple of local lawyers I had contacted suggested that I talked to David Gantt…
This office is fantastic. The staff is helpful and friendly. He is honest with you about the pros and cons of your case. He works hard to get a positive result. ~S.G.
5.0/5.0 in Social Security. David was very professional, pleasant and focused on me and my situation while I was in his office. He did not allow interruptions. His office staff was helpful and readily available when I had questions.