How Does Social Security Determine If I Am Disabled?

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In order to meet the Social Security Administrations (SSA) definition of disabled you must not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (work) due to a medically-determined physical or mental impairments, that can result in death or has lasted or is expected to last for a period of 12 months or longer.

How Does the SSA Determine If I Am Disabled?

There is a five step evaluation the SSA looks at in order to determine whether or not someone is disabled. The steps include:

  • They first look at whether or not someone is still working.
  • The second step they look at is whether or not he/she has a severe impairment.
  • The third step is defined as the listing level. The SSA has a list of certain things doctors have determined as severe.
  • During step four they look at whether or not you can complete past work tasks. Will you be able to return to work and do what is required by your job?
  • In step five they look at various factors including your age, education level, past work experience in order to make a determination of whether or not you are capable of doing any work at all.

If you have been denied social security disability benefits, don’t give up. Call Disability Attorneys of Michigan at 800-949-2900 for a free confidential consultation. We’ll let you know if we can help you get a monthly check. It is very difficult trying to get social security disability benefits on your own in Michigan. Don’t worry, just call Disability Attorneys of Michigan for help.

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Disability Attorneys of Michigan works hard every day helping those in Michigan get the disability benefits they need. If you are unable to work, contact Disability Attorneys of Michigan for a free consultation at 800-949-2900.

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