How will my case be decided?

Once your application is received a Social Security representative will review the information you have presented.

First, they will verify all non-medical eligibility requirements and determine whether you are eligible for Social Security Benefits or Supplemental Social Security Income.

If the non-medical eligibility requirements are met, a step-by-step process is used to make a disability decision. This includes five different steps.

Step One - Are you working?

If you are working in 2014 and your earnings average more than $1,070 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled.

If your earnings are under $1070 per month, your claim moves to Step Two.

Step Two - Is your condition "severe"?

Your condition must interfere with basic work-related activities for your claim to be considered. If it does not, your claim will be denied.

If your condition is severe, your claim moves to Step Three.

Step Three - Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?

For each of the major body systems, the Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions that are so severe they automatically mean that you are disabled.

If your condition is not on the list, The Social Security Administration has to decide if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list. If it is, you will be found to be disabled.

If your condition is severe but not severe enough to meet the listed criteria at this step, your claim moves to Step Four.

Step Four - Can you do the work you used to do?

If you condition is severe but not as severe as a medical condition on the list, then the Social Security Administration will determine if your medical conditions interfere with your ability to do the work you have done in the past. If it does not, your claim will be denied.

If you cannot do your past work, your claim moves to Step Five.

Step Five - Can you do any other type of work?

At this step, the Social Security Administration must determine if you are able to adjust to other work.

The Social Security Administration considers your medical conditions and your age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills you may have. If you cannot adjust to other work, your claim will be approved.

If you are denied, but you believe your case was not decided correctly, you should pursue the appeals process. It is not unusual to be denied during your initial application but then be approved after an appeal. The process can be long a frustrating but our attorneys will help guide you through it and put it in perspective. Try not to get discouraged.

The attorneys at Derek Johnson Law Office can help you. Call today to discuss your case with one of our social security attorneys at 515-955-2193 or 855-955-2193. With an office located in Fort Dodge, Iowa we provide services to clients located in central and North Central Iowa.