Piscataway, NJ asked in Social Security for New Jersey

Q: I am having back surgery and Carpel Tunnel surgery on both hands and wrists. Can I claim SS Disability 62 yo

I work a very physical job lifting and hammering and I am 62 years old and it may be suspect If I can return to work doing that physical work again. Would I have a good chance of collecting DD Disability?

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Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Prattville, AL

A: Yes, you can apply for Social Security disability based on your impairments. When you apply, include all of your impairments, both physical and psychological. Also include symptoms, such as pain and include any side-effects from your medications. Social Security will consider all of these factors along with your age, education, work experience and skills, as well as your functional ability. Your age is advantageous to your disability claim. Social Security considers individuals age 60 or older to be closely approaching retirement age. At that age rage, if you have a severe impairment(s) that limits you to no more than light work, Social Security will find that you have skills that are transferable to skilled or semiskilled light work only if the light work is so similar to your previous work that you would need to make very little, if any, vocational adjustment in terms of tools, work processes, work settings, or the industry. If you are limited to sedentary work due to your impairment(s), it is very unlikely that your skills will be readily transferable.

Consult with a disability lawyer before you apply for Social Security disability benefits to discuss the particulars of your claim. Most disability lawyers offer a free initial consultation.

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