The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether a claimant qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. However, not all claimants are able to meet the strict requirements of this sequential evaluation process. With the help of their Detroit disability attorneys, these claimants may still qualify for disability benefits by meeting one of three exceptions.
Below is an explanation of the three exceptions. Please contact your Detroit disability attorney to determine whether the facts of your case qualify for disability benefits under one of these exceptions.
55 Years Old, No Education, No Work Experience
The first exception involves claimants who are at least 55 years old, who have no more than an 11th-grade education level, and who have no relevant work experience. To qualify for disability benefits under this exception, you must prove that you suffer from a severe, medically determinable impairment.
The second exception is known as a “worn-out worker.” Claimants who have worked for at least 35 years at jobs that require arduous, unskilled labor, can no longer perform these same tasks, and have less than a sixth-grade level of education, can qualify for Social Security disability benefits without going through the five-step sequential evaluation process.
30 Years of Work Experience
The last exception that Detroit disability attorneys will explore when their clients do not qualify under the sequential evaluation process involves claimants who have at least 30 years of work experience in an unskilled or semi-unskilled field of work. To qualify under this exception, the claimant must not be engaged in substantial gainful employment, have no transferable job skills, and only have a limited level of education.
The 5-Step Sequential Evaluation Process
Do you suffer from a health condition that may qualify you to receive Social Security disability benefits? There is a lot involved in a SSD case, and you need to first determine your eligibility. The following 5-step sequential evaluation process breaks down the type and degree of disability that can qualify you for SSD benefits.
We Can Help You Get Disability Benefits
Just because a claimant does not meet the requirements of the five-step sequential evaluation step does not mean that they will not qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Experienced Detroit disability attorneys will explore the three exceptions to the sequential evaluation process to determine whether their clients can still qualify for disability benefits.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Detroit disability attorneys, Please call attorney Marc J. Shefman at (248) 298-3003.