The second step of determining if you have a disability in a Social Security case is assessing the level of impairment or the severity step. The Social Security Administration tries to eliminate cases when a person does not actually have an impairment or when the impairment is not serious enough to keep the applicant from working. If you have almost any loss of residual functional capacity, the SSA will likely determine that the requirement has been met for a severe medically determinable impairment.
Types of Impairments
The SSA groups impairments into types: slight and severe. They will also consider subjective symptoms that are difficult to concretely prove as long as your ability to work is hindered. The person overseeing the claim might label the effect of the impairment as “unable to determine clearly” regarding your ability to work. When in doubt, the SSA will rule in your favor and label the impairment as severe. The adjudicator must then continue with his or her assessment of the case.
A Lack of Symptoms
If the adjudicator does not find any symptoms whatsoever, then he or she will rule that there is no disability unless medical confirmation exists to support such a finding. However, if a physician looks at the information and makes some type of medical diagnosis about your condition, you are determined to be medically impaired. Even when the exact diagnosis is in question and doctors are not sure what condition you have, you will also be considered to be impaired.
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