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Is Receiving Social Security Disability Based On Whether I Can Do My Current or Last Job?



 
Yes, Social Security Disability is based on whether you can do your current or last job as well as any other kind of substantial work activity. Social Security uses a five-step sequential evaluation process that addresses work in step one and also in steps four and five.

Step one of the sequential disability process deals with the performance of SGA level work activity. If you are working and earning more than the monthly SGA amount with no employer subsidy (special help or conditions provided by your employer to enable you to keep your job), your Social Security Disability claim will be denied. If you are performing SGA-level work activity, your Social Security Disability claim will be denied even if your disabling condition is terminal.

If you are not working or performing SGA at a current job, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability if you are able to complete the rest of the sequential evaluation process.



If you have not been found disabled through step three of the sequential evaluation process, your past work or jobs will become relevant for steps four and five of the process. In step four, a disability examiner must review the relevant jobs that you have performed in the past fifteen years.

A relevant job is any job you performed in the last fifteen years that lasted at least three months, in which your earnings were above the SGA level, and for which you had time to learn the duties of the job.

If the disability examiner determines that you are unable to do any of your past relevant work, considering the limitations caused by your disabling impairment, they still must move on to step five of the sequential evaluation process.

Step five involves a determination as to whether or not you can do any other kind of work in the general economy. Disability examiners must consider your age, education, the transferability of your job skills, and your residual functional capacity (what you are capable of doing in spite if your limitations) to determine if you are able to do any other kind of work.

You will only be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits if the disability examiner finds you to be unable to do any of your past work or any other kind of work.








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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

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Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

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What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?









For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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