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Social Security Disability: What is the Sequential Evaluation Process?

The Social Security Disability Determination process involves a sequential process meaning that depending upon the finding at each level  a claimant may or may not be disabled and eligible to receive social security disability benefits. Here is the process:

  • Are you gainfully employed? If you answered yes, you are not eligible for social security disability. If you answered no:
  • Do you have a severe impairment? If not, you are not eligible for social security disability. If you answered yes:
  • Will your impairment last 12 months or result in death? If you answered no, you are not eligible for social security disability. If you answered yes:
  • Does your impairment meet or equal the severity as defined in the medical listing? If you answered yes, then you are considered disabled according to a medical listing. If you answered no:
  • Are you able to perform your previous type of work? If you answered yes, then you are not eligible for social security disability. If you answered no:
  • Are you able to perform other generally available work? If you answered yes, then you are not eligible for social security disability. If you answered no, then you are considered disabled according to vocational factors.
    If you need guidance, have any questions, or think you might need help getting social security disability, contact an experienced attorney that deals with social security disability.

 

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