Can You Perform Your Past Relevant Work?

If you do not meet a medical listing, to be found disabled your impairment must prevent you from performing your "past relevant work."  Past relevant work is defined by Social Security as any work you have done in the 15 years prior to you becoming disabled. 


If Social Security detemermines you can perform your past relevant work you will not be found disabled.


If Social Security finds you cannot perform your past relevant work, you will move to the last step in the Sequential Evaluation and Social Security will determine whether you can do other work.


In each case you are required to fill out detailed information about your prior work history.  This is so Social Security can define your past relevant work. 


How Social Security defines your past relevant work can have a major impact on the outcome of your case. 


We discuss your past relevant work with you in detail to make sure you are documenting it accurately.  

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