Social Security Disability

We understand that filing for Utah social security disability can be a long, exhausting process. Our experienced social security disability attorneys can shorten the time frame for your social security disability case development and hearings.

At McKell Christiansen, PLLC, we specialize in helping people win their SSI and DIB claims for Over 50 Disability claims,[link] Mental Disorder Disability Claims,[link] and Spinal Problems Disability Claim[link]s. We currently serve clients all over Utah.

Are you stuck waiting for your SSI or DIB social security disability case? Have you been denied time and time again? Call today for a free consultation. McKell Christiansen, PLLC can get you an update on your case and get you on back the road to winning your social security disability case.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Winning your Social Security Disability Case, Quickly.

Winning your social security disability case is as simple as 1,2,3,4,5 with McKell Christiansen, PLLC. The social security administration applies a five step sequential evaluation process in determining whether to award benefits to a claimant. This process can be found here, at 20 C.F.R. 404.1520 and is summarized below:

• Step One: Substantial Gainful Activity. If you are working and the work you are doing is substantial gainful activity, SSA will find that you are not disabled regardless of your medical condition or your age, education, and work experience. Essentially, this means that you cannot be working full-time or making more than $1,000 per month. See 20 C.F.R. 404.1520(b)

• Step Two: Severe Impairment: If you do not have any impairment or combination of impairments which significantly limits your physical or mental ability to do basic work activities, SSA will find that you do not have a severe impairment and are, therefore, not disabled. SSA will not consider your age, education, and work experience. However, it is possible for you to have a period of disability for a time in the past even though you do not now have a severe impairment. This means that you have to have been disabled or will likely disabled for a period of 12 months or your disabilities will likely result in death. So what does it mean to be “disabled” ? The SSA will find you have a “severe impairment” if your impairment or combination of impairments has “more than a minimal effect on an individual’s ability to do basic work activities . . . .” See SSR 96-3p available here. See 20 C.F.R. 404.1520(c).

• Step Three: Meeting or Equaling a Listing. At the third step, if you have an impairment(s) which meets the duration requirement and is listed in appendix 1 or is equal to a listed impairment(s), SSA will find you disabled without considering your age, education, and work experience.These “listings” which are found here, are essentially an index of impairments. If you meet the “checklist” that each of the impairments details, you will be found disabled for your social security disability case and are eligible for benefits. See 20 C.F.R. 404.1520(d).

• Step Four: Here, SSA will use a residual functional capacity assessment to determine if you can do your past relevant work (or work you have done in the past fifteen years). This essentially means that if you do not meet one of the checklists found in the listings at Step Three, SSA can still find you disabled if you cannot do the work that you used to do, nor any other type of full-time work dude to your impairments. This is a CRITICAL stage of the disability awards process and is where obtaining representation from McKell Christiansen, PLLC can be a crucial part of winning your case. See 20 C.F.R. 404.1520(e).

• Step Five: At the final step, the social security administration must prove that other jobs exist in significant numbers in the national or regional economies that you can do, given your impairments and the limitations that you have based on this impairments. If SSA cannot do this, you win your case and are eligible for benefits.See 20 C.F.R. 404.1520(f) and (g).

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