In addition to achieving a favorable outcome for your disability claim by meeting a listing or by proving that your functional ability to work has been severely restricted, there is a third way to achieve favorable results in a disability case. Referred to as the “grid rules,” this method applies to applicants that are age 50 or over and have a physical disability or impairment. The grid rules do not apply to applicants with mental or emotional impairments or disabilities, such as pain or depression.
The grid rules take various factors into consideration, such as your education level, age, occupational skills and physical ability to work. They are referred to as grid rules because each one of these factors can be lined up to form a grid that can determine if you meet one of the regulations, and therefore will automatically make you eligible to receive benefits.
Did you know?
The majority of disability applicants are not aware of the grid rules and there may be some Social Security claims reps that do not know much about them either.
If you are over age 50 and have a restricted education, remember to ask your Social Security disability attorney if the grid rules apply to you and your case.