Social Security uses a five step, sequential evaluation process to determine if you are disabled. First step requires an answer the following question … Are you working? If you’re working, you lose. You’re not disabled by definition. Second step of the sequential evaluation process is, is your medical condition, or mental condition severe? Very frankly, the answer to that is almost always, yes. The third step is, do you have a listed impairment? Social security has a list of impairments, which it presumes to be disabling. For example, if you’re blind, you win the case. Your case ends. It’s step three of the sequential evaluation process.
If you don’t have a listed impairment you go to step four. Four is, can you return to past work? If the answer is yes? You lose. If the answer is no, you go to step five. Are there jobs in the national economy in sufficient numbers to allow the claimant to find work? This is where the vocational expert gets involved. Those are the five steps – you’ve got to get through all of those five steps, unless at step three … You have a listed impairment in which case, you win.
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