The five step medical determination process is the same for both SSI and SSD. The evaluation will review yourself, your work history, and also your disability. All 5 steps may not be necessary for your case, but Social Security will determine that.
The five steps used in the evaluation process are:
1.Work status: If you are currently working and making over $1,000 per month over the last year, Social Security considers that to be Substantial Gainful Activity. In that case, you are unlikely to be considered disable.
2.How severe is your condition: For you to be considered disable, your disability must interfere with your work-related activities. Medical evidence must be used to dictate physical and/or mental impairments that you have. A duration requirement is used to say how long your impairment has been going on and it should be at least a year or a result in death if that severe.
3.Is your disability found in the listing: There is a listing of impairments that Social Security has come up with for all major parts of the body. If you are reviewing the listing and your disability is described, then you are automatically considered disable. If you don’t find your condition, then Social Security has to decide if there is a listing that has equal severity. If they do decide there is one that is similar to your impairment, then you claim will be approved and you continue the process.
4.Can you perform the work you’ve previously done before your impairment: If your disability is serious, but is not the same or equal severity as those on the list, then Social Security needs to decide if it impedes with your work and capability to perform all daily tasks over the last decade. Unfortunately, if it does not interfere, your claim will be turned down.
5.Are you able to do any other work: If you are not capable of doing work that you’ve done in the last 15 years, Social Security reviews if you are able to perform any other kind of work. What will be considered is your education, age, skills, past work experience, and also the demand of the occupations that the Department of Labor determines. If you are not able to do any other work, you will be approved.
Social Security will review all visits to doctors, hospitals, and any other clinics that you’ve been treated at. They will also need to know any medication that you are taking. It is in the law that Social Security is required to consider and review all evidence of your disability when making the final decision for your claim. The conclusion will combine your medical records as well as your work history, and Social Security’s rulings and policies.