An Atlanta Social Security Disability Lawyer Outlines the Fourth and Fifth Steps of the Sequential Evaluation Process
In this article, an Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer explains the role of Step 4 and Step 5 of the Sequential Evaluation Process.
Your Atlanta Social Security Disability Attorney Explains the Role of Past Relevant Work Your ability to function in positions you held long enough to acquire the necessary skills in the last 15 years previous to the last time your disability insured status requirement was fulfilled is the determining factor for Step 4. If you can continue doing this work, you are not disabled. If you are to qualify under Step 4, you must convince the SSA that the job that placed the least demands on your abilities is now too difficult for you.
Applying the Listing You will need to meet the Listing of Impairments to qualify for disability if it is found that you can still fulfill the requirements of the lightest or easiest kind of work you did within that fifteen year period. Otherwise, you will be deemed able to work.
Degree of Exertion Your ability to perform work as it is done elsewhere in the job market is one of the deciding factors under Step 4. The fact that you might have exerted more effort in the process has no bearing on the decision, even if you can't perform to that degree of exertion any more. As long as you can do your past relevant work just as anybody else might, you are not disabled whether or not the position was full-time. SSA looks at the job description to determine what is required for the “job as it is ordinarily done” rule and compares your performance to that.
Applying Step 5: Making the Transition to Other Work Under Step 5, it must be determined that you are or are not able to transfer your skills to another kind of job currently existing in the job market. The SSA will use the Medical-Vocational Guidelines, or the “Grids,” as the criteria on which they will base their decision. Your age, previous employment experience and your education coupled with your impairment are taken into consideration and a determination is made. Essentially, the likelihood of a decision in your favor increases as your years advance.
Your Atlanta Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help If you would like additional clarification or require representation, contact an Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer with the Law Office of Louis B. Lusk by calling 404-250-7000 today.