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What is the Five Step Sequential Evaluation the Social Security Administration Uses in Every Case All the Time?

The Social Security Administration analyzes your claim using what is called a 5 STEP SEQUENTIAL EVALUATION process which we outline below. 1. Have you engaged in substantial gainful activity? At Step One, the issue is whether you have worked after the date you said you became disabled. Most Social Security applicants meet test one because they have not worked since their disability began. If you have worked after the date you said you became, disabled, we can determine whether that work may disqualify you from entitlement to benefits. 2. Do you have a severe impairment? Step 2 is designed to weed out cases that...

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