SSDI and SSIRightardia reported that many seniors were filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) when they lost their jobs, particularly after unemployment benefits were lost. Political Calculations indicated there was, indeed a spike in these claims.
SSDI has a age based threshold
If you had two claimants with nearly identical disabilities and backgrounds and one of them is older than 50, the older claimant is more likely to receive disability benefits.
Claimants younger than 50 simply have a harder evidentary burden to overcome.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) believes that claimants under age 50 have not yet reached an age that limits their ability to adjust to other work.
Is it fair if you are 47 and have the same disability as a claimant who is 51?
But in defense of the SSA policy, there has to be some point where advanced age significantly becomes a factor.
SSA disability is considered an adversary based system whereas the Veteran Affairs (VA) disability system is not. However, Social Security is a more efficient system that complete most claims in about two years while the VA takes about four.
The major found it was easier to deal with SSA for disability than the VA. if you are declared disabled under SSDI, this may help you with you VA disability, but there are some "ifs, ands and buts."
If you have SSDI and your conditions worsens even though it is not "service connected," The VA is obligated to increase your disability rating.
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