Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits & Qualifying

How Does The SSA Determine Disability?

The Social Security Administration uses a 5-step Sequential Evaluation Process to determine whether or not you are disabled and thus would qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

In short, the Social Security Administration will examine the evidence of your medical condition(s) to see whether or not those condition(s) – also known as “impairments” – will limit your ability to work. You will need to demonstrate that your condition is severe, and will keep you out of work for at least one year.

The Five Step Process includes demonstrating:

Then, the SSA will evaluate whether or not there is other work you can do based on your skills, age, education, and “residual functional capacity.”


If you can’t work because of a chronic disease or long term injury , you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits

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