The 5 step (posted previously) checklist helps to determine your potential eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are not working, then you proceed to step two to determine if your condition interferes with work related activities. If it does not then you are not considered disabled. So overall, you must pass the first two criteria before your claim will be considered.
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If you are not gainfully employed and your condition does interfere with work then you proceed to step three. Under step three if your condition is found in their list of medical conditions then you are automatically deemed disabled. If your condition is not found on their list of medical conditions then you proceed to step four.
Here at step four, they must determine if your medical condition interferes with your ability to perform the work you previously did. If it does then you proceed to step five. If you cannot perform your previous job, is there any other job you can perform? Here they consider your age, education, work experience, and any skills you may have. If you cannot adjust to other work, your claim will be approved. However, if you can adjust to other work, your claim will be denied.
Remember if your job is becoming more and more difficult to perform, due to the disability, this is irrelevant.
In summary there are two ways to be found disabled under this Social Security Administration checklist: (1) A finding that the claimant’s impairment meets an impairment described in their listing of impairments; or (2) A combination of the medical and vocational issues qualifies the claimant for disability.