Social Security is going to look at your educational level in determining whether or not you can get disability benefits. Generally speaking the more educated you are, the more skilled your job, the more professional your status and the more vocational training you have had the harder it is to get Social Security Disability benefits because Social Security is likely to determine that you are capable of more jobs in the semi-skilled and skilled areas or that you have transferable skills. However, if you did not get a high school education there are three classifications of education that Social Security applies in determining your capacity to do other work activity.
The first is whether you have a limited education. That is whether or not you left school between the seventh and eleventh grade. Now if that pertains to you, then Social Security will automatically limit you to only performing unskilled work. This can have a lot of important ramifications and help your case if you are over the age of fifty. The next level is marginal, did you make it up to sixth grade or did you drop out before then. In that case, it will also greatly assist your claim for benefits. Finally if individuals are illiterate or are not fluent in the English language it can great help the case if they are between the ages of forty-five and fifty-four. You definitely need to clarify for Social Security how far you went in school, not only that but were you enrolled in any special educations classes.
This short informational blog post was provided by Anne Howard, an experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability Attorney. Please contact The Law Office of Rosenstein & Howard to set up a free initial consultation.