Social Security considers you disabled if:

  1. You cannot do work that you did before;
  2. You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s) - meaning you can't do any other jobs even if it's not a job you have done in the past; and
  3. Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
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The Five-Step Process

Social Security uses a five-step process in order to determine whether you meet the disability criteria described above.

  1.  Are you working? For 2016, if you are currently working and earning over $1,130 per month, generally you are not disabled.
  2. Is your condition "severe" ? Your medical condition(s) must interfere with work-related activities.
  3. Is your medical condition on Social Security's list of disabling conditions? Also known as "listings", Social Security has a list of medical conditions that are so severe you are automatically found to be disabled if you meet or equal a listing.
  4. Can you do your prior work? If you don't meet a "listing" but your medical condition(s) is so severe that you aren't able to do your last 10 years of jobs.
  5. If you can't do your prior work, are there are jobs in the economy that you could do?

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If you are disabled and unable to work contact us for a free evaluation of your Social Security Disability claim.