If you are an applicant for disability between the ages of 55 and 59 who can’t perform your prior job and your condition doesn’t meet an impairment listing, the Social Security Administration will refer to the “grid rules” (see below) to determine if you’re disabled. An experienced disability attorney may help assist an applicant for disability benefits understand these complex regulations.

The grid rules are a group of tables that consider several factors to determine whether or not an applicant is “disabled.” However, the determination of the grid rules is not the only way eligibility for benefits may be determined. Even if the grid projects a finding of “not disabled,” it is possible the SSA may still approve you for benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) may initially decide a case for people between the age of 55 and 59 based upon the Medical-Vocational Guidelines. To find your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) level, which is the most you can still do despite your limitations. find the row that describes your level of education and prior work experience. The SSA will make the decision listed in the third column based upon the information provided in the education and skill level columns.

RFC for SEDENTARY WORK

Education Previous Work Experience Decision
11th-grade education or lower Unskilled work or no past relevant work Disabled
11th-grade education or lower Skilled or semiskilled work without transferable skills Disabled
11th-grade education or lower Skilled or semiskilled work with transferable skills Not disabled
High school graduate or higher Unskilled work or no past relevant work Disabled
High school graduate or higher Skilled or semiskilled work without transferable skills Disabled
High school graduate or higher Skilled or semiskilled work with transferable skills Not disabled
Recent education or training for skilled work Unskilled work or no past relevant work Not disabled
Recent education or training for skilled work Skilled or semiskilled work with or without transferable skills Not disabled

 

RFC for LIGHT WORK

Education Previous Work Experience Decision
11th-grade education or lower Unskilled work or no past relevant work Disabled
11th-grade education or lower Skilled or semiskilled work without transferable skills Disabled
11th-grade education or lower Skilled or semiskilled work with transferable skills Not disabled
High school graduate or higher Unskilled work or no past relevant work Disabled
High school graduate or higher Skilled or semiskilled work without transferable skills Disabled
High school graduate or higher Skilled or semiskilled work with transferable skills Not disabled
Recent education or training for skilled work Unskilled work or no past relevant work Not disabled
Recent education or training for skilled work Skilled or semiskilled work with or without transferable skills Not disabled

 

RFC for MEDIUM WORK

Education Previous Work Experience Decision
11th-grade education or lower No past relevant work Disabled
11th-grade education or lower Unskilled work Not disabled
11th-grade education or lower Skilled or semiskilled work without transferable skills Not disabled
11th-grade education or lower Skilled or semiskilled work with transferable skills Not disabled
High school graduate or higher Unskilled work or no past relevant work Not disabled
High school graduate or higher Skilled or semiskilled work without transferable skills Not disabled
High school graduate or higher Skilled or semiskilled work with transferable skills Not disabled
Recent education or training for skilled work Skilled or semiskilled work with or without transferable skills Not disabled

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