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The Social Security Administration’s Sequential Evaluation Process


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The Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes a five-step sequential evaluation process to make a determination as to whether or not you can be deemed disabled for the purposes of Social Security disability benefits.

These five steps consist of an assessment of whether or not you are currently active in a “substantial gainful activity;” whether you have an injury that is major and medically determinable; whether that injury meets or equals one of the SSA’s listed impairments that are noted in the Administration’s regulations; or, when looking at your “residual functional capacity,” whether or not you are unable to do prior relevant work; and whether you can make some adjustments to do other work that currently exists, given your work experience, age, education, and residual functional capacity.

Furthermore, in order to be deemed disabled, your disability must last for at least 12 full months. A knowledgeable Jacksonville Social Security disability attorney can help you with sorting out the facts and issues of your particular claim.

In addition, there are six ways in which the Administration may deem you not to be disabled. More specifically, you will be determined not to be disabled if: you presently involve yourself in any substantial gainful activity; it is found that you do not have a medically determinable injury; you suffer from a medically determinable impairment that does not greatly hamper your physical or mental ability to do basic work; you do not meet the requirements of the duration period as prescribed by the SSA; you have the ability to do previous relevant work; or you are capable of doing other types of work.

Keep in mind, though, that there are also “non-disability” requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the Social Security disability program. For instance, you must have held a job and paid an adequate amount of Social Security taxes in order to have earned enough work quarters to qualify. Further, for the SSI program, there are specific earnings and asset requirements that must be met as well. If you need a Jacksonville Social Security disability attorney, please call Chantal Harrington for a free consultation.