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Does social security contact your former work employers when you file for disability?

This is not typically what decision-makers on social security disability claims do. The decision-makers, for those who are unaware, are disability examiners and disability judges (administrative law judges). Disability examiners render decisions on SSD and SSI claims at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels. Of course, administrative law judges, ALJs, make decisions at disability hearings.

Disability examiners will ordinarily rely on work activity questionaires supplied by a claimant during the application and evaluation process to do the following:

1. Classify a claimant's past work.

2. Determine the nature of the claimant's past work in terms of the physical and mental demands of the claimant's past work jobs.

3. Compare the demands of the claimant's past work so that this may be compared to the present capabilities of the claimant, known as the claimant's residual functional capacity, or RFC.

It should be clear, then, that properly classifying the claimant's past jobs is extremely important since it can literally influence the outcome of a disability case. Therefore, despite the fact that disability examiners generally rely on the information provided by a claimant in a work history report or work activity questionaire, there are occasions in which an examiner will contact a claimant's former employer.

As a disability examiner, I myself did this to learn more about what a claimant's work duties were for a particular job and to learn also what difficulties the claimant had in performing these duties.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Will Social Security Decide That I can go Back to My Old Job?
Can You Apply For Disability Benefits When You Lose Your Job?
Social Security Disability and the Job that You Worked
Will You Get Social Security Disability Benefits If You Cannot Work Your Old Job?
Is Receiving Social Security Disability Based On Whether I Can Do My Current or Last Job?
Does social security contact your former work employers when you file for disability?
Will collecting retirement stop disability benefits?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria