The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine if a person has a disability and qualifies for benefits. This five-step evaluation can become rather complicated, particularly in “close calls.”
Due to the personal nature of disability law, our lawyers cannot provide an exhaustive description of all the relevant issues. We also want you to know certain things when you apply for disability benefits.
Do You Have a Qualifying Disability? The Five-Step Sequential Evaluation
To determine if you may qualify for disability benefits, we provide a general description of the rules the SSA uses to determine disability eligibility. This resource can also teach you more about the terms used in disability applications.
What is the Process for Determining Disability?
Learn more on this page of our website, which has an overview of the steps for Social Security Disability benefits. We also explain disability claim appeals within the Social Security Administration, as well as what happens during appeals for denied disability claims through the federal courts.
What Are the Differences Between Disability Insurance Benefits & SSI?
The Social Security Act provides for two different types of benefits: Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
While DIB (also known as Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI) and SSI have some similarities, they also have some very significant differences. This section of our site briefly describes the differences in these two types of benefits.
It is important to work with a legal professional who understands all aspects of SSDI and SSI disability cases. An attorney at Troutman & Troutman, P.C. is ready to help with your claim.
We strongly recommend that you seek representation by someone who is experienced in this area of the law to help you apply for disability benefits. They should review your case if you receive a denial. You then have the best chance of successfully gaining the benefits you deserve.