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I have a question. My husband is 57 years old and has worked

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I have a question. My husband is 57 years old and has worked in the car industry for many years. He has had several surgeries on his feet over the years. He recently has seen a doctor that told him he would have to have implants put in his feet or other surgeries to
fix his feet. He took some time off to get off his feet to let them heal a little. He gets where he can't even walk on them and is always in pain. Being in the car industry for 14+ years
he has to walk on concrete all day sometimes 12 hrs per day. Is it possible to apply for early retirement or disability do to this condition?

Good morning Angie,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your husband's situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Whether he can qualify for early retirement through his employer is only something that the employer can answer, as I have no information about any retirement plan he might have at work.

However, as for disability, he needs to consider filing for social security disability. Under the social security regulations, social security's definition of disability is as follows:

"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Here is a link where you can apply online for your benefit: http://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/His benefit will be about the same as his full retirement age retirement benefit.


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Doug

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