For many people, Social Security provides them with the benefits they need to provide for themselves and their loved ones. However, not everyone is eligible for these benefits. The Social Security Administration has set qualifications that an individual has to meet before they can be eligible to collect the benefits the SSA supplies for those who qualify, but being over the age of 55 may not be one of those qualifications.
In the majority of cases, people who are found eligible for Social Security benefits are above the age of 55. This is primarily due to the fact that the eligibility requirements change once a person turns 55 or older. After turning 55 it becomes much easier to qualify, but that does not mean it is impossible to qualify before that age.
Eligibility after age 55
In the majority of cases, a person can only gain Social Security benefits if they have been injured so severely that they are no longer reasonably able to work. The primary point in these situations is that the person is unable to work in any capacity.
Eligibility before age 55
If that person is injured so severely that they can longer perform their previous job, but can perform another, they will most likely be denied Social Security Benefits if they are under the age of 55. However, if the individual is so injured that they can no longer perform any job that allows them to provide for themselves, they may be eligible for benefits, even if they are younger than 55 years of age.
Regardless of your age, the Social Security Administration will conduct a thorough examination of your medical records and your physical state. After doing so, they will determine whether or not you are eligible for benefits. The SSA has lists of qualifying disabilities on their website, for reference.
It is important to note that the process of applying for and collecting Social Security benefits is often a difficult and complex process. People are routinely denied benefits, though many appeal the decision. No matter what your eligibility is, it is very likely that having the assistance of an experience and knowledgeable legal professional will greatly expedite the process and increase your chance of getting the benefits you need to provide for yourself and your loved ones.