As part of the five-step disability determination process, the Social Security Administration must determine whether you can perform your past work, or adjust to different work in the national economy, given your physical and/or mental conditions.
If the Social Security Administration determines that you qualify for disability, benefits may also be available for certain members of your family, such as your spouse or children.
Step four of Social Security Administrations’s process for determining disability requires that the claimant prove that they cannot perform their “past relevant work,” and there are some important factors to understand about how the SSA makes this determination.
The heart of the matter is whether or not the applicant can "sustain" their work. In this article, we break down what that means, and provide three examples of common impairments.
Although you may experience serious medical problems that impact your ability to work, there are non-medical reasons that can prevent you from receiving benefits; we explain a few examples in this article.
The third step in the SSA's five-step evaluation process asks whether your condition(s) meet or equal a “Listing Impairment.”
An individual’s “date last insured” establishes the period of coverage during which an individual must prove that they became disabled.
In certain situations, a person who has applied for disability can remain eligible even if they have engaged in work activity following the onset of their disabling impairments. Here, we'll discuss some examples, including the Trial Work Period.
This is a complex process, but a part of it involves a tool called the Medical Vocational Guidelines, also called “The Grids”, which helps guide the SSA in determining disability.
Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) is a federal insurance program available to those who have worked and paid in a certain amount to Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes.