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Can You Perform Your Past Relevant Work?

2019-04-18T20:35:54+00:00

Step four of Social Security’s 5-step evaluation process for determining disability requires that the claimant prove that they cannot perform their “past relevant work.”  This may seem simple enough based on the fact that you are no longer working at your past job; however, there are some important factors to understand about how the Social Security Administration makes this determination. Determining Past Relevant Work First, the Social Security Administration will first determine what your “past relevant work” is. Your “past relevant work” only includes jobs that you have performed in the last fifteen years you performed [...]

Can You Perform Your Past Relevant Work?2019-04-18T20:35:54+00:00

How does Social Security Determine a Listing Impairment?

2019-04-24T18:47:57+00:00

Social Security decides whether you are disabled using a five-step process called the Sequential Evaluation Process. The third step in the five-step process asks whether your conditions meets or equals a “Listing Impairment.” There are separate listings for children and adults, which can be found on Social Security’s website. Meeting The Listing Impairment Meeting a Listing Impairment can be hard, but if you do meet a listing, you automatically qualify for benefits. Social Security has very strict standards about what illnesses or conditions meet which listing. Just because you have been diagnosed with a disease [...]

How does Social Security Determine a Listing Impairment?2019-04-24T18:47:57+00:00

How Social Security Decides Disability by “The Grids”

2019-04-05T21:41:35+00:00

Social Security decides whether you are disabled using a five-step process called the Sequential Evaluation Process. The fifth step is focused on whether or not an applicant, while perhaps not able to do their old occupation, still could be able to do a different kind of job that exists in our national economy. 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. When an applicant's conditions don’t meet or equal a medical impairment listing [...]

How Social Security Decides Disability by “The Grids”2019-04-05T21:41:35+00:00