Glennville, GA asked in Social Security for Georgia

Q: I need help in determining if I am a qualified disabled person and if so what can I do if i have been denied 2 times.

I keep reading the social security website in the "Blue Book" as they refer to my understanding I do but at what level I don't know I'm a single mother I have been hurt since 2017 it is beyond me my son being able to live and I have no money coming in except child support and snap benefits and rental assistance

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Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Prattville, AL

A: Read 20 CFR 404.1520. which will give you a general overview of how Social Security evaluates disability. Social Security uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to decide whether or not a person is disabled. The "Blue Book" describes the listing level impairments at step 3. There is much more to the evaluation process than that.

Keep in mind the definition of disability set out in 20 CFR 404.1505: "the law defines disability as the inability to do any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."

Your severe impairments, pain and other symptoms, side-effects from medications, and functional limitations that prevent you from working at a substantial gainful activity level are important to your disability claim. You will need to have medical and other evidence to prove your disability. You may want to contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney for a free consultation to discuss your particular claim facts and issues.

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