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How the SSA determines if one has an inability to work — Part II

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2015 | Social Security Disability Benefits

Part I of this multi-part series began to take a look at how the Social Security Administration makes the determination on whether or not a person has a complete inability to work. As most of our Los Angeles readers already know, this is a crucial step in the application process to receive Social Security Disability benefits. In Part II of this series, we will examine how the SSA determines whether or not a person is capable of doing any another job other than the one the person previously held.

When a person works in one job for a considerable amount of time, that person may begin to believe that they don’t know how to do anything else. But, as we all can easily surmise, that is usually not the case. Most people are smart and capable, and have the ability to adapt to a new role in short order. In order to qualify to receive SSD benefits, a person must be unable to not only do the job they previously did, but they must also be unable to work in any other capacity.

To make this determination, the SSA will examine a person’s employment history, age and education. These factors are then compared to employment positions within the national economy. If the Social Security Administration believes that a person can adapt to another position that should be available in the applicant’s local area, it is possible that the application for SSD benefits will be denied on this basis.

The requirements to receive SSD benefits are strict and the application process can seem daunting. Anyone who finds themselves in a position where they believe they need to begin the application process would probably benefit from getting the most accurate information they can about the Social Security Administration’s evaluation process.

Source:, “Information We Need About Your Work and Education,” Accessed July 4, 2015

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