Residents of Hermitage who are injured, ill or have a condition that hinders of prevents their ability to hold a job should consider filing for Social Security disability benefits. Even those who do not believe they meet the criteria to be approved are often surprised when they go through the process. Before moving forward with the application, however, it is important to understand the basics. A significant part is the five-step evaluation process. The Social Security Administration will use these steps to decide on a case's viability. Knowing these is key for the applicant.