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Overview Of the Five-Step Sequential Evaluation Process To Determine Disability

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 "doing 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.
(5) Can you do any other work that is available?
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 the process. Contact a knowledgeable and experienced Dallas Social Security Disability Lawyer.