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Social Security Disability and my past work performance

Will Social Security consult previous employers to inquire about impairments to my job performance?

On the majority of disability claims, its very unlikely that a disability examiner will actually contact any of your previous employers. It does happen occasionally, but even when it does it is often to simply get a description of a claimant's job duties and the dates they were employed.

However, there are cases in which a disability examiner will ask about a claimant's work performance or whether or not they received what are known as special considerations or subsidy from the employer in question.

The reason for asking this is to determine whether or not an individual was essentially in a position of protected employment, making the job not truly competitive employment. An example of this type of hiring might include situations in which a person with physical or mental limitations is employed in a job but rather than be subjected to all the duties or responsibilities that ordinarily go along with the job are given special considerations.

If special considerations are thought to have existed for a job in a claimant's relevant work history, Social Security may choose to verify those alleged special considerations or subsidy with the employer. They may call the employer or mail them a subsidy questionnaire to complete. This questionnaire allows the employer to address special considerations and the worth of the work you the claimant was performing for them. Depending on their answers, the disability claim may be sent for a medical disability determination or it may be denied for the performance of SGA-level work activity.

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

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Social Security evaluates work history when making disability decisions
You Must Give Social Security Disability Your Work History When You Apply
How are medical records and work history used to determine a social security disability claim?
Social Security Disability and the Job that You Worked
Social Security Disability, SSI, sedentary work and job skills

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