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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.








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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.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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