In a previous blog
post, we detailed the complex and cumbersome definition of disability used
by the Social Security Administration. In a series of posts, we will will
detail the process used by the agency to determine if you are disabled.
The United States Code mandates that these five steps be used to prove
that claimant is disabled:
(1) The agency will look at your work activity to determine if you are
substantial gainful activity." If yes, then they will find that you are not disabled. If no, move
to step 2.
(2) The agency will then consider the
medical severity of the impairment. Related, the disability must last twelve months or will result in death.
If the impairment is severe and will last at least twelve months (or result
in death), then proceed to step 3.
(3) The impairment must meet or "equal" one of the impairments
in the Social Security "
Listing of Impairments" (a defined medical listing)? If yes, then you are considered disabled.
If no, then proceed to step 4.
(4) Can you do work that you have
previously done? If no, proceed to step 5.
If you answer no to question 5 and meet the other four previous steps,
then you will most likely meet the definition of disability.
In order to ensure that you meet the definition of disability, it is crucial
that you get a qualified and experienced attorney to represent you during
Contact a knowledgeable and experienced Dallas Social Security Disability Lawyer.