If You Can’t Work, Are You Ready to Reclaim Your Life?

    You’ve worked hard all your life. Now health problems have gotten in the way, and you’re unable to work every day and earn the kind of living you’re used to.

    Social Security Disability benefits could provide you with monthly income to help with bills, and they make you eligible for Medicare health coverage even before you’ve reached the usual age for Medicare.

    If you’re over 50, it may be easier for you to qualify for disability benefits.

    Most people apply for Social Security Disability only to get denied. But your age is important because the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that once you’re over 50, it can be harder to find new, different jobs.

    In order to win benefits, you need to prove that you can’t work because of your disability—not only that you can’t continue in your most recent job, but that you can’t work anywhere.

    If you can get the SSA to see how your medical conditions, types of job experiences and age leave you without options for continuing work, you can better avoid joining the millions who get denied disability benefits.

    The Oregon disability attorneys at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor know how to make this case for you.

    Our disability lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience helping people in Oregon win benefits. Whether you’re in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay, Medford or anywhere in between, let us help you reclaim your life.

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    You Must Meet These Requirements to Get Social Security Disability

    No matter your age, with any Social Security Disability claim, you have to prove these points:

    • You must have a serious medical condition.
    • Your condition must leave you unable to keep working.
    • You can’t work in past jobs or switch to another line of work.
    • Your health limitations will last—or already have lasted—for at least 12 months.

    Social Security runs two major disability benefits programs. And additional qualifications depend on which one you are trying to receive:

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): These benefits are for you if you’ve recently worked and paid a substantial amount in Social Security taxes through your paychecks.

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI): If you don’t have much recent work history and haven’t paid into Social Security, you can get SSI when your assets and income are below certain limits.

    Social Security considers it much harder to find and start new jobs when you’re 50 or older than when you were younger. That makes it easier for you to meet the key requirement that you must be unable to work—at all. And you’ll have a better chance of securing the benefits you need.

    It costs you nothing to have an initial conversation about your options with the disability attorneys at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor.

    And if our Oregon disability lawyers work on your claim, you’ll pay no fee until you win.

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    An Important Factor: Breaking Down Your Disability Age Group

    Social Security will put you into an age bracket to help decide if you qualify for disability benefits in Oregon and everywhere:

    • Age 18-49 (“Younger Person”): Social Security looks at you as likely being able to retrain for a different job at this age. So to get benefits, you have to show health problems that are overwhelmingly severe.
    • Age 50-54 (“Closely Approaching Advanced Age”): The SSA believes that your age significantly limits your ability to take on different jobs from what you did previously. So if you cannot return to your past work, the other types of jobs Social Security considers you able to do are limited.
    • Age 55+ (“Advanced Age”): It gets much easier to prove to the SSA that your medical condition keeps you from working in any job.

    The process of getting approved for disability benefits may be less complicated than when you were younger than 50, but it can still be time-consuming and confusing.

    Filling out numerous forms and collecting proof of your condition’s seriousness can be draining, especially when you need your energy to focus on your health.

    Let the Oregon disability attorneys at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor do the heavy lifting for you.

    Then you could receive the crucial support you need, and get some stability—and peace—back in your life.

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    Have a Question about Disability Benefits?

    Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:

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