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SSD Mistakes to avoid
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Working and Disability
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Will the disability examiner call my former employer about the type of work I did?
How does Social Security classify or categorize the work I did in my past jobs?
They actually use a 3 inch thick reference book to look up job titles and try to make a match with what you've described as your job with what they find in the book (the DOT, or dictionary of occupational titles). Unfortunately, the book is very very very outdated (yet they continue to use it).
There are probably instances where a DDS examiner might contact a supervisor to find out what was involved on a job, but that rarely ever happens. Disability examiners sometimes receive 3-5 new cases to work on PER DAY. They usually just try to match the information provided by the claimant with whatever the can find in the DOT manual which does not make the process very accurate.
Honestly, this probably as good as the process will ever get unless the DOT book ever gets updated and that would be massive undertaking. But this is exactly why I continually advise people to provide very detailed descriptions of their past jobs for the last 15 years (this is the relevant period as far as SSA is concerned). Because it can actually make a difference in the determination of a disability case.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Canít Work In My Old Job, How Does Social Security Disability Consider This?
If you are denied for disability, is this based on your ability to do your past work?
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
The disability examiner will use the work history information to identify each job in the DOT, or dictionary of occupational titles
Does social security contact your former work employers when you file for disability?
Disability examiners make decisions on disability applications
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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI