Social Security will determine if you are working.
In 2010, if your earnings average more than $980a month Social Security will consider you working at Substantial Gainful
Activity (SGA) level and usually they will find you not disabled. If you are self-employed this can get a bit more
Do you have a condition that Social Security
Social Security will consider your impairment(s) severe if your impairment interferes
with basic work related activity. If they find your condition not "severe," they will find you not disabled.Step Three:
Social Security will decide if your condition is a "listed"
If your condition is on Social Security's list and severe enough to meet the
requirements of a listed impairment, you will be found disabled. If your impairment is not on the list, Social
Security will determine if your condition is equal to the severity of one of the listed impairments. So, if Social Security
finds that you meet or equal a listed impairment, you will be found disabled. Please note: just because your condition
has the same name as a condition on the listing does not mean you meet the listing. Your condition must meet the
requirements of that particular listing to be found disabled. For a better understanding and to see these listings see
the Medical Listings page.
For child listings, please see the page entitled Child Listings
Social Security will decide if you can do your previous
If Social Security decides that your condition is severe but your medical condition does not
meet or equal a listing, then they will determine if your impairments keep you from being able to perform your past work.
If Social Security decides you can perform your past work, they will find you not disabled. In other words, jobs
you have performed have certain exertion and non-exertion requirements in order for you to perform them. For example,
if your previous job required you to lift 50 pounds and your medical condition limits you to lifting only 10 pounds,
you would not be able to perform that particular prior work. If Social Security determines you cannot perform all of
your prior work for the past 15 years, then you go to the next step. If they find you can perform any of your past work,
then they will find you not disabled.Step Five:
will determine if you can do any other work.
If Social Security determines that there is a significant
number of jobs in the local or national economy that you can do, then you will be found not disabled. At this step,
Social Security will consider your age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills to other jobs you might
have. To understand this step in the process, you must have an understanding of the GRID Rules. See the GRID Rules page
of this site for a detailed explanation. If Social Security finds you can adjust to another type of work,
they will find you not disabled. If Social Security finds you cannot adjust to other work, you will be granted Social
Security disability benefits.
So you might be thinking right now am I disabled? The best I can tell you is
to keep reading this site and try and understand as best you can every aspect of Social Security Disability. Write
down or print these steps. This is the steps that someone at Social Security will use to determine if you are disabled.
If you are not working and you have a serious condition and are getting medical treatment you can probably focus on the last
three steps. First, study the medical listings
in this site and find if your particular impairment is listed. If it is learn what you have to prove to meet that
listing. Even if you think you meet a listing you should study the other steps because Social Security might not see
it the way you do. Second, think about your past work. What did you do on that job? Why can't you do it
now? Did your doctor fill out an RFC
that shows your limitations would prevent you from performing your past work. Next, can you perform any other
work? This can be rather complicated. But again it will be determined by the limitations that the RFCs from your
doctors and Social Security Employees provide. The GRID Rules
are important here and you must understand them. But even if you do not fit an exact winning profile of the grid
rules and have non-exertional limitations
you can still be found disabled. If you are under 50 years old chances are the non-exertional impairments will
be key to winning your claim.