Step-2 of SSA’s 5-Step evaluation of a claim for disability benefits
Regardless if an individual has applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance Benefits (SSI), the Social Security Administration uses a 5-Step sequential evaluation process to determine if an individual is disabled. If the proof fails at any Step, except Step-3, a finding not disabled will be issued.
Step 2: Severity
An individual has the burden to establish that the individual suffers from a medically determinable impairment (MDI) that reduces an individual’s ability to do “basic work activities”. A MDI can be physical, mental or a combination of a mental and physical condition.