Disability Lawyer


What are The Grids? Part II

There are many aspects of a Social Security case that are taken into consideration before a decision is made. One of the important parts of every Social Security case is the work history of the person applying for disability. Additionally, Social Security will take into consideration a claimant’s age and how easy or difficult it would be for that person to get a job that they had not previously worked. Social Security will reference the “grids” to determine a claimant’s disability status. Social Security uses the grids when they believe that a person will not meet a medical listing in Social Security’s Listing of Impairments. The grids use a person’s age, work experiences, education, and the claimant’s residual functional capacity. There are different rules for people of different ages; however, the grids determine whether a person has enough transferable skills to be able to find new work. The grids also take into consideration a claimant’s age and whether they would be considered to be at an age where it would be too difficult to learn a new skill. There are different grid rules for different age groups. There are rules for people who are under the age of fifty. There are rules for people who are between the ages of fifty and fifty-four. There are rules for people who are between fifty-five and fifty-nine, and there are rules for people who are over sixty years old. Sometimes the grids will not always win a case for disability. When this happens there are a few options. A person can show that their prior transferable skills are no longer available in the workforce. They can combine impairments to show they cannot do physically difficult work, or they can prove that they are a “worn out worker”. This means that a person has to prove that they have preformed very difficult work for at least thirty-five years. Many people over the age of fifty are able to receive their Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits due to the grids. Any experienced attorney will know and understand the rules for the grids at each age bracket and be able to answer any questions that their clients may have in regards to how their work history, education, age, residual function capacity and transferable skills will affect their case.

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