If you apply for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will undergo a five-step sequential evaluation process in order to determine whether you’re disabled and thus qualified for disability benefits. If, at any step, the Social Security Administration determines that you’re either disabled or not disabled, then it stops the evaluation, and there’s no further proceeding to the next step.
The five steps for determining disability are:
An additional requirement is that you must satisfy the “duration requirement”: your disability must have lasted for at least 12 full months.
Therefore, there are two ways that the Social Security Administration can find you disabled after you’ve applied for Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
In subsequent articles, Ocala disability lawyer CJ Henry will describe, in greater detail, each step of the sequential evaluation process.
The application process for Social Security disability benefits can be long and confusing. For assistance and expertise, contact dedicated Ocala disability lawyer CJ Henry today. Simply fill out the form on this page to schedule a free initial consultation.