5 Step Process Of Proving Disability
Acquiring the benefits of Social Security Disability is not an easy process and can be arduous and long. Additionally, the burden for proof lies on the applicant. However, here is the five step process that the Social Security Administration uses in order to prove or determine disability.
- Determining Substantial Gainful Activity
It is important to know that no matter what mental or physical conditions a person is affected with, if they happen to be making money every month at a specific level, then they will not be considered disabled according to Social Security Standards.
Currently, $1,040/month earnings are considered to be Substantial Gainful Activity, and if this is made consistently, then an individual will not be considered disabled.
- Determining Medical And Severe Impairment
If an individual has a medical or severe impairment, then this means that the condition has been diagnosed and recognized by the individual’s doctor. When we talk about severe, it means that the condition results in certain functional limitations that could cause a serious effect in the working ability of the individual.
- The Severity Of The Condition
There are certain medical listings that the Social Security Administration has put together that can help in determining the severity of the condition. There is a certain amount of flexibility in the listings, and therefore, even if you do not exactly meet certain requirements, you can still be characterized as disabled.
- The Capability Of Work Performance
The Past Relevant Work will be consisting of the work that has been carried out for the last 15 years at the Substantial Gainful Activity level. The current performance of the individual’s work can be determined by a vocational expert or a Social Security judge.
With the analysis of the past work and considering all the functional limitations that arise from psychological or physical condition, the vocational expert will then be able to figure out whether the individual can continue performing their work or not. If the work can still be done, then the individual will not be categorized as disabled.
- The Ability To Perform Other Jobs
By other jobs, it is referred to jobs that are available in the national or local economy, no matter how uninteresting, medial, or unskilled they are. This availability does not necessarily indicate to the fact that an employer is hiring.
Using their analysis of how these other jobs have been performed along with all the functional limitations that result from psychological or physical conditions, the vocational expert will be able to determine whether there are jobs that these individuals can perform or not.
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