Social Security Disability: Conditions And Injuries

The Social Security Administration follows a grid of rules based on your age at the time of disability, whether you are capable of doing sedentary, light, medium or heavy work, plus your education level, work history and job skills. If your condition does not match what the grid recommends, it is hard to qualify for benefits.

How 'The Grids' Award Disability Benefits

But there are exceptions. One is having a condition that appears on the Compassionate Allowances list. These medical conditions are so severe that the SSA will award disability immediately, regardless of age.

If you are between 18 and 49, it can be difficult to qualify for benefits, unless your lawyer is knowledgeable and persuasive in showing why a grid finding does not apply to your case, and an exception may be made:

  • You can show you have a combination of impairments that make your overall disability more profound.
  • You can show you are unable even to do sedentary (sitting) work.
  • You can show that you suffer from nonexertional impairments. You might be unable to write, follow instructions or pay attention.
  • You are 49, but you will turn 50 in a few weeks.
  • You lack the job skills to do any kind of work.
  • You are physically too worn-out to work any longer.

The Supreme Value Of Experience

Establishing disability despite the grids is a tall order for an inexperienced lawyer. That's why you are better off consulting with an attorney who focuses on disability benefits and who has successfully tried every kind of scenario. Susan M. O'Malley of O'Malley Tunstall PLLC, of Raleigh, North Carolina, is that kind of attorney.

Learn more about Social Security Disability conditions and injuries. Contact the SSD and SSI lawyers at O'Malley Tunstall PLLC at 252-823-2266, 919-277-0150 or toll free 800-755-1987.