Hurdle 2: The Severity Hurdle | St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Lawyer

The second hurdle in the sequential evaluation process is whether your impairment is severe. Severe is a misleading and confusing term! This hurdle is designed to cull out claims that have either no medically determinable impairment (another Social Security term) or claims that no a slight medically determinable impairment that causes only minor limitations on your ability to work. Practically any reduction in your residual functional capacity, such as limitations on your ability to lift, will meet the requirement that you have a medically determinable impairment.

Even your subjective symptoms that are caused by a medically determinable impairment, are considered in determining the impact on your ability to do basic work activity.

If your doctor has enough information about your condition through an examination or diagnostic testing, such as lab work or x-rays, to make a diagnosis, you have a medically determinable impairment. You meet Hurdle 2: The Severity Hurdle.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is directed in close cases to decide Hurdle 2 in your favor. In my opinion, Hurdle 2 denials by SSA are suspect and we look at these denials closely. Anyone who has a claim denied at Hurdle 2 should immediately file a Request for Reconsideration. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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