Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability in Washington?

Here is the five step process the Social Security Administration uses to determine if you are considered disabled.

1. Are you working?

If you worked this calendar year and averaged more than $1,000 a month in earnings, you generally can’t be considered disabled. We can help you determine whether this is the case.

2. Is your condition severe?

To qualify as disabled, your condition must interfere with the basic activities required for your previous job. Proper documentation and evidence are crucial for this step. We’ll work with you and your doctors to prove the severity of your condition.

3. Is your health problem found on the list of medical conditions that qualify?

If your health problem is not on Social Security’s list, you may not quality for disability. However, you might still be able to prove you’re disabled if you have the proper medical records. Contact us today to find out if your condition qualifies.

4. Can you do the work you did previously?

If necessary, an expert will testify at your hearing regarding your ability to work. Gary Penar will cross-examine this person to show how your condition limits your ability to do your previous job.

5. Can you do any other type of work?

If Social Security decides you cannot do the work you did before, they’ll consider your ability to do other kinds of work. Age, education and work experience all factor into this consideration.

If your health prevents you from working, Gary Penar may be able to help. Contact us today.

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Appeals Levels

Social Security has 4 levels of appeals.  It is important to hire an attorney to navigate you through the legal system of appeals.