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How We Decide If You Are Disabled

Updated: January 02, 2008
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To decide whether you are disabled, we use a step-by-step process involving five questions. They are:

  1. Are you working?

    If you are working in 2008 and your earnings average more than $940 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled.

    If you are not working, we go to Step 2.

  2. Is your condition "severe"?

    Your condition must interfere with basic work-related activities for your claim to be considered. If it does not, we will find that you are not disabled. If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, we go to Step 3.

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