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You Must Give Social Security Disability Your Work History When You Apply

Although Social Security has access to your work history as far as where you have worked and how much you have earned, if you are applying for disability you must supply them with a bit more information for the purpose of evaluating the vocational aspects of your claim.

Social Security Disability (SSD) is awarded to those with physical or mental conditions that prevent them from performing past work (any job held by the applicant within the past 15 years) or any other work to which they may be suited.

Before a disability examiner can make a decision on a claim, he must know not just where the applicant has worked, but the particular duties associated with his or her past employment positions. In this way a disability examiner can evaluate and classify the types of work an applicant is capable of performing, and use this information to determine if there is any job the applicant may be capable of doing, despite limitations imposed by his or her impairment(s).

Some people are awarded disability because their medical records indicate they meet a particular listing in the blue book (the official Social Security Administration [SSA] guide to the impairments it recognizes as “disabling” in nature); however, the majority of those applying for disability do not meet a listing.

Those who do not meet a listing in the blue book can still collect disability payments in the form of a “medical vocational allowance.” Medical vocational allowances are given to those who, though they do not meet an official listing, are still judged to be severely impaired and thus incapable of earning a substantial living.

The work history should not be viewed as an inconvenience, but an opportunity. In supplying a complete work history to the disability examiner, the applicant has an opportunity to spell out exactly what skills he has employed in the past rather than leaving it up to the disability examiner to guess at what he is capable of doing.

Since the majority of disability denials are based on an examiner’s belief that, although the claimant is impaired, he could still perform some type of past work or other work, it is in your best interest to be as specific as possible in the work history you submit to Social Security (form SSA-3369). Be sure to comply with any additional requests for information as failure to do so could mean a denial based on failure to cooperate with the examiner deciding your claim.

Those who are deemed capable of performing a past job or who appear to have the ability to perform other work despite their physical or mental limitations will be denied benefits. In general, those who are younger, more educated, or have acquired job skills that are in demand in today’s job market are less likely to be awarded disability payments.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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