In this article, Ocala disability lawyer CJ Henry discusses what could be the last step of the sequential evaluation process for the determination of your disability, Step 3.
Step 3 of the sequential evaluation process for Social Security disability benefits involves determining whether your medical symptoms and findings meet or “medically equal” one set of the medical symptoms and findings that are enumerated in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. The Listing of Impairments describes the objective medical criteria for determining disability (that is, whether your impairment is severe enough to preclude you from performing substantial gainful activity).
If your impairment does not “meet” a listing on the Listing of Impairments, you can still satisfy this step if you successfully argue that your impairment “equals” a listing. There are four possible ways to “equal” a listing:
In determining whether your impairment equals a listing, the Social Security Administration will compare the medical findings, symptoms and functional limitations of your impairment with the impairments that appear in the Listing of Impairments. First, however, the decision maker will have to get an opinion from a medical expert hired by the Social Security Administration.
If your impairment does not meet or equal an impairment in the Listing of Impairments, the Social Security Administration may still find that you’re disabled if you satisfy the requirements set forth in Steps 4 and 5.
For help with your Social Security disability claim, contact experienced Ocala disability lawyer CJ Henry. Simply fill out the form on this page to schedule a free consultation.