The judge is going to, at your hearing if it gets to the judge’s level, decide whether or not you have a listed impairment. A listed impairment is one that Social Security says if you have this you win. Deafness, blindness, missing two limbs are examples of listed impairments.. Beyond that the judge will make a determination as to whether or not, utilizing a five step evaluation process, the five steps being: are you working; is your condition severe; do you have a listed impairment; can you go back to old work; is there work in sufficient number in the national economy so that you can find a job. If you get by those five steps the judge is going to determine that you are disabled. Now Social Security at the lower level before you get to the judge will make that same kind of evaluation by looking at your medical records, your work history, what your limitations are, and see whether or not they believe that there are jobs to the national economy that you can still perform despite the fact that you have a physical or mental impairment.
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