When it comes to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, there is one myth that many people continue to believe: Young people cannot receive and/or win disability benefits.
This is just not true. In fact, as long as you have a work history, you may be entitled to SSD benefits if your disability prevents you from working for at least a year, regardless of whether you are in your twenties or fifties.
Does age matter at all though?
While a young person may be eligible for SSD benefits, it is important to note, however, that his or her road to benefits may be more difficult when compared to someone older.
For instance, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider a person’s age when determining whether to award benefits or not. This is due to the assumption that it is often easier for a younger person to change careers and learn new skills should a disability make his or her current job difficult or impossible. Therefore, when all other factors are equal, a younger individual will be less likely to have his or her SSD claim approved.
Keep in mind, however, this doesn’t mean it is impossible to get benefits. In fact, while age is a factor the SSA may consider, it is not the determining factor. Also, even if you are ineligible for SSD benefits for some other reason – such as an inadequate work history – you may be entitled to other benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you are disabled and unable to work, you need to contact an experienced SSD attorney as soon as possible to learn what options may be available. Get the benefits you deserve.