Social Security’s five steps for proving disability

In order for an individual to be found disabled, five steps, known as the five-step sequential disability evaluation process, must be proven.  Therefore, the following five questions must be asked of the claimant (the individual filing for disability benefits):

  1. Are you currently working?
  2. Do you have a severe medical problem that affects your ability to work?
  3. Does your medical problem meet or equal one of Social Security’s listed impairments?
  4. Are you able to do any of your past jobs?
  5. Are there any other jobs out there that you can do?

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