Detroit Social Security disability attorneys use the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) five-step sequential evaluation process as a guide when preparing their clients’ Social Security disability application. This evaluation process has various elements that must be met in order for the SSA to grant disability benefits to the claimant.
Step 2: The Severity Step
Step 2 of the process is known as the “severity step.” The SSA utilizes this step in order to weed out frivolous cases. Overall, the Social Security application process is an uphill battle that demands the assistance of Detroit Social Security disability attorneys.
If you are not involved in any substantially gainful activity, the SSA will then move on to determine whether you suffer from a “severe” impairment. Almost any decrease in your residual functional capacity, the work that you can still perform in spite of your impairment, will satisfy step 2. However, if your impairment is really insignificant, then you will be not be deemed disabled.
The SSA will consider all the evidence, including subjective evidence such as pain, to determine if your condition impairs you from performing basic work. At this step you will be given the benefit of the doubt. Even if the adjudicator cannot clearly decide whether you are severely impaired, he will still rule in your favor.
However, it must be noted that “no symptom or combination of symptoms can be the basis for a finding of disability, no matter how genuine the individual’s complaints may appear to be, unless there are medical signs…demonstrating the existence of a medically determinable or physical impairment.” In other words, if there is no “medically determinable impairment,” the adjudicator will not find you disabled at this step of the sequential evaluation process.
Still, if your physician has provided adequate information to make a legitimate diagnosis of your condition, you will be found disabled for the purposes of Step 2.
Contact With Detroit Social Security Disability Attorneys
Filing for Social Security disability benefits is a long and complex process that demands the assistance of Detroit Social Security disability attorneys. So, if you believe you are suffering from a condition that prevents you from being gainfully employed, contact one of our Detroit Social Security disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Marc J. Shefman at (248) 331-1300.