There are a few ways adults may be found entitled to benefits automatically.

1. You meet a Listing. This is also called “meeting a Listing-level impairment.” This means that your condition meets or exceeds the listed severity of an impairment, which automatically entitles you to benefits.

2. You meet a Medical-Vocational Guideline (aka a “Grid Rule”). Social Security has outlined situations in which a person may be found automatically disabled if they are of certain age, education, work level, and of certain work restrictions. For example, if a person is age 55, has an 11th grade education, had past work that was “unskilled” under Social Security’s rules, and was limited to sedentary work, they are automatically entitled to benefits.

3. You meet a Medical-Vocational profile. There are three profiles:

The first profile is a claimant who meets step 2 with a severe, medically determinable impairment, who is age 55 or older, who has an 11th grade education or less, and who has no past relevant work experience.

The second profile, or “worn-out worker” profile, is a claimant who has a 6th grade education or less, who has worked 35 years at arduous, unskilled labor, and who is unable to continue to do that past arduous work.

The third profile is called the “lifetime commitment” profile. This describes a claimant who is not earning over $1,000 per month, who has a lifetime commitment (30 years or more) to work that is unskilled or that is skilled or semi-skilled with no transferable skills, who cannot perform this work due to their severe impairment (s), who is age 60 or older, and who has no more than an 11th grade education.

If you believe that you are entitled to automatic Social Security Benefits and have been denied, please call Coltrane & Nye for a free consultation.


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