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Are Adults Under 50 Eligible for Disability Benefits?

Brandon Evans   |  June 12, 2017   |  

When people think of those that collect Social Security disability benefits, most are likely to think of older men and women who are injured on the job. However, there are also many men and women under 50 years old who rely on disability benefits. Unfortunately, young adults (men and women over 18 years old but under 50) can have a difficult time qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

How Do Disability Benefits Work for Adults Under 50 Years Old?

When a disability claimant is over 18 but under 50, the entire process, from the application phase to the hearing stage, is difficult. To qualify for Social Security disability as a young adult, the applicant must prove that he or she cannot work at virtually any job, and not just the jobs that he or she has previously held. Therefore, unless Disability and Determination Services determines that a young adult is incapable of performing virtually any type of work, the claimant could be denied benefits.

Our Raleigh Social Security disability law firm has helped young adults with disabilities secure disability benefits. The young adult clients we have helped secure disability benefits have had significant, documented mental and/or physical impairment that prevented them from engaging in any type of employment secure disability. No matter whether you are an older adult, child or young adult with a disability, we will review your situation and if possible, help you with your disability benefits application or appeal.