Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?

As a disability attorney, I hear this question all the time.  Unfortunately, there is no easy answer.  All disability cases must be reviewed by the Social Security Administration using the five-step sequential evaluation process to determine if a person is disabled.  Only after a thorough assessment will a claimant be awarded disability benefits.  The five steps are:

  1. Are you currently working?  Does your impairment prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity?
  2. Is your condition severe?
  3. Does your medical condition meet or equal a listed impairment?
  4. Can you perform your past work?
  5. Can you do any other type of work?

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