Can I Get Disability If I Am Able To Work At A Different Job?

Tulsa Disability Lawyer Explains How Social Security Determines Benefits

In order to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, you must be able to convince them that you are unable to work in any way. Even if you cannot do the job you used to, if there is any type of job that you can perform, you typically will not be granted SSDI benefits. In this video, Tulsa SSDI lawyer Steve Troutman breaks down how Social Security determines whether you are fit to work. Our disability law firm offers free evaluations of your case for people who wish to apply for SSDI or SSI, as well as those who have applied and been denied.

Video Transcription

You got to convince Social Security that you can‘t do any other type of work. That’s where most cases are decided. If Social Security decides that a person cannot do any other type of work, they say they’re disabled. If Social Security says they could do some other type of work they say they’re not disabled. At Step 5 it’s actually quite complicated. They consider age as one of the factors, they consider your work experience, they consider what skills you’ve gained, whether those skills would give you the ability to do other types of work. A person who is 55 years old who is a truck driver and has hurt his back, Social Security has to decide could he do any other type of work. And because of his age, there are certain types of jobs that they assume might be too difficult for that truck driver to make a transition to. Where a person who’s younger, ten years younger Social Security will assume that the younger person has a lot more flexibility in terms of being able to adapt to other types of work. To have a free evaluation of your disability claim, call us at (918) 265-1404 or visit us at