Social Security Disability Evaluation Process

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The Social Security Administration evaluates all Social Security Disability applications under their 5 step sequential evaluation process. This slide show shares with you the 5 steps to give you an idea how Social Security determines if someone is disabled or not.

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    1. 1. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY FIVE STEP EVALUATION PROCESS: HOW YOU CAN BE FOUND DISABLED From Living with a Disability a free online magazine
    2. 2. 5 Step Sequential Evaluation Process <ul><li>The Social Security Administration evaluates all Social Security Disability applications under their 5 step sequential evaluation process. </li></ul><ul><li>This slideshow shares with you the 5 steps to give you an idea how Social Security determines if someone is disabled or not. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Step 1: <ul><li>Is the claimant working at substantial gainful activity levels (SGA)? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Step 1: <ul><li>Are you currently earning above the pre-determined SGA limit? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In 2010 the limit is $1000 per month </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>If you answered yes to the question above then your claim will most likely be denied. If you answered no, then continue on to step 2. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Step 2: <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have a severe impairment? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Step 2: <ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have any impairment or combination of impairments which significantly limits your physical or mental ability to do basic work activities? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you answered yes to the question above continue to step 3. If you answered no your claim will most likely be denied. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Step 3: <ul><li>Does your impairment meet or equal a medical listing? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Step 3: <ul><li>If Social Security decides your impairment meets or equals one of the medical conditions in their listings book you are awarded benefits at this stage. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do meet or equal a listing benefits would be awarded without needing to be evaluated at step 4 or 5. If you do not meet or equal a listing continue to step 4. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Step 4: <ul><li>Is the Claimant able to perform prior work? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Step 4: <ul><li>Are you able to work in a job similar to what you have done within the last 15 years? </li></ul><ul><li>If Social Security decides you can do past work your claim will most likely be denied. If you cannot do past work continue on to step 5. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Step 5: <ul><li>Are you able to do other work? </li></ul>
    12. 12. Step 5: <ul><li>If you can’t do prior work, are there any other jobs you can do considering your age, education, and past work experience? </li></ul><ul><li>If Social Security finds you can do other work your claim will most likely be denied. If you cannot do other work then you will be awarded Social Security Disability benefits. </li></ul>
    13. 13. More Information: <ul><li>To learn more about how to get Social Security Disability benefits click the links below. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Security Disability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Living with a Disability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Security Hearings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can also follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for new information and updates. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. About Living with a Disability <ul><li>Living with a Disability is a free online magazine dedicated to helping you live your life to the fullest. Our articles cover topics like living with a disability, how to get Social Security Disability, disabling medical conditions, health & wellness issues, and disability news. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our site http://howtogetsocialsecuritydisability.com </li></ul>

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