How to Understand Past Relevant Work
A crucial part of qualifying for Social Security disability benefits has to do with what is known as your “past relevant work.” A Social Security Disability Attorney in Ocala can help you evaluate your own claim and determine whether you can meet this test in order to qualify for benefits.
It is possible to be found disabled at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process (the Listing of Impairments). However, if you are not found disabled at this step, your claim will move on to Step 4, where you and your Ocala Social Security Disability Lawyer must prove that you are unable to perform your “past relevant work.” This is a difficult step for many.
Under Social Security regulations, “past relevant work” is defined as any job:
- You performed within the past 15 years.
- That qualifies as substantial gainful activity.
- That you held long enough to learn how to do the job with average performance.
Even a part-time job can qualify as past relevant work under this definition.
Your Social Security Disability Attorney in Ocala will ask you to identify the easiest job you held in the last 15 years, and try to think about whether you could still do that job today. If you could still perform that job, you will most likely be found not disabled.
For more information on how to qualify for Social Security disability benefits and what you need to prove, contact an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney in Ocala. Call CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352.304.5300.