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Understanding the GRID Rules - Social Security Disability

What are the GRID Rules of Social Security?

The social security office has recently brought about the GRID rules. These rules apply in the following circumstances:

  • The applicant’s illness or condition is not listed by the social security department;
  • The impairment is extremely severe;
  • The applicant is not working substantial gainful activity and;
  • The illness prevents the applicant from working any previous jobs.

In these cases, the social security department will first make a determination on what level of exertion you can perform at in a work environment. The categories are divided from the least level of exertion to most. The category is as follows: sedentary, light, medium, heavy and very heavy. Once the social security office has made a conclusion on your level of exertion, they will then correlate it with the GRID chart with your age, education, level, and past work and make their decision whether you are disabled or not.

The GRID rules are comprised of age, education, and past work. This is basically because your physical abilities are not the only factor in determining your disability. Generally, the older and less educated you are the more likely you will be found disabled. The social security office does have specific ages and categories in which they place you according to your age. 18-49 years of age is considered to be a “younger individual”, 50-54 years of age is “approaching advanced age”, and 55 and older is “advanced age” according to the social security office and the GRID rules.

Below you will find a copy of the GRID the social security office will use when determining your case. How it works:

  • Find which category you fall under listed above by your age.
  • Next consider your education, are you “limited or less” by not completed 12 years of schooling, “high school graduate” or “high school graduate and more”.
  • Then, determine whether your previous work experience was skilled, unskilled, transferrable, or not transferable. By that did you have a special skill needed to perform your job and can the experience be carried with you to a new job.

Understanding the GRID rules can be overwhelming and confusing. If you still have questions concerning social security benefits or how to read the GRID rules, please call our office today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

GRIDs for Sedentary Work

Rule

Age

Education

Previous Work Experience

Decision

201.01 Advanced Age Limited or less Unskilled or none Disabled
201.02 Advanced Age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Disabled
201.03 Advanced Age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.04 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Unskilled or none Disabled
201.05 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Unskilled or none Not disabled
201.06 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Disabled
201.07 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.08 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
201.09 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Unskilled or none Disabled
201.10 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Disabled
201.11 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.12 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Unskilled or none Disabled
201.13 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Unskilled or none Not disabled
201.14 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Disabled
201.15 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.16 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
201.17 Younger individual age 45-49 Illiterate or unable to communicate in English Unskilled or none Disabled
201.18 Younger individual age 45-49 Limited or less-at least literate and able to communicate in English Unskilled or none Not disabled
201.19 Younger individual age 45-49 Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
201.20 Younger individual age 45-49 Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.21 Younger individual age 45-49 High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
201.22 Younger individual age 45-49 High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.23 Younger individual age 18-44 Illiterate or unable to communicate in English Unskilled or none Not disabled
201.24 Younger individual age 18-44 Limited or less-at least literate and able to communicate in English Unskilled or none Not disabled
201.25 Younger individual age 18-44 Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
201.26 Younger individual age 18-44 Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
201.27 Younger individual age 18-44 High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
201.28 Younger individual age 18-44 High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
201.29 Younger individual age 18-44 High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled

GRIDs for Light Work

Rule

Age

Education

Previous Work Experience

Decision

202.01 Advanced Age Limited or less Unskilled or none Disabled
202.02 Advanced Age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Disabled
202.03 Advanced Age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
202.04 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Unskilled or none Disabled
202.05 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Unskilled or none Not disabled
202.06 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Disabled
202.07 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
202.08 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
202.09 Closely approaching advanced age Illiterate or unable to communicate in English Unskilled or none Disabled
202.10 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less-at least literate and able to communicate in English Unskilled or none Not disabled
202.11 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
202.12 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
202.13 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
202.14 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
202.15 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
202.16 Younger individual Illiterate or unable to communicate in English Unskilled or none Not disabled
202.17 Younger individual Limited or less-at least literate and able to communicate in English Unskilled or none Not disabled
202.18 Younger individual Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
202.19 Younger individual Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
202.20 Younger individual High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
202.21 Younger individual High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
202.22 Younger individual High school graduate or more Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled

GRIDs for Medium Work

Rule

Age

Education

Previous Work Experience

Decision

203.01 Closely approaching retirement age Marginal or none Unskilled or none Disabled
203.02 Closely approaching retirement age Limited or less None Disabled
203.03 Closely approaching retirement age Limited Unskilled Not disabled
203.04 Closely approaching retirement age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.05 Closely approaching retirement age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.06 Closely approaching retirement age High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
203.07 Closely approaching retirement age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.08 Closely approaching retirement age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.09 Closely approaching retirement age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.10 Advanced Age Limited or less None Disabled
203.11 Advanced Age Limited or less Unskilled Not disabled
203.12 Advanced Age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.13 Advanced Age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.14 Advanced Age High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
203.15 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.16 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.17 Advanced Age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.18 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Unskilled or none Not disabled
203.19 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.20 Closely approaching advanced age Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.21 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
203.22 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.23 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.24 Closely approaching advanced age High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.25 Younger individual Limited or less Unskilled or none Not disabled
203.26 Younger individual Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.27 Younger individual Limited or less Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.28 Younger individual High school graduate or more Unskilled or none Not disabled
203.29 Younger individual High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled
203.30 Younger individual High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable Not disabled
203.31 Younger individual High school graduate or more-provides for direct entry into skilled work Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable Not disabled

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