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Be ready for your disability application before the process even starts

Tip 1:

Get prepared before you have your disability application interview and file your claim. Interviews with claims reps at field offices can be intimidating and a little nerve racking. That said, you need to understand that the CR (claims representative) who takes your claim at the Social Security office does not actually work on the medical processing aspect of your claim. They only get your file started so it can be sent to a disability examiner to work on.

Once the examiner starts working on your claim, you may possibly never hear from them. However, it is often the case that they may contact your regarding your ADLs (activities of daily living) or regarding your medical history or work history.

That is why it is so important to get all the necessary information turned in from the very beginning of your claim. What is that information? Let's put it this way. Everything that will be used to decide your case.

That means information regarding your medical treatment and info regarding all your jobs. But it also means all your symptoms and your daily activities.

SSA (the Social Security Administration) is essentially looking for the reason "why" you are disabled. And that translates to the functional limitations that you possess as a result of your condition, such as a reduced ability to concentrate, remember, sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, balance, reach, lift more than a certain amount of weight, or whatever your specific limitations might be as a result of your condition, or conditions.

To make your claim more successful, you should ideally write down all your medical treatment sources in advance of your interview appointment. This should include every facility you've been treated at, the names of all treating physicians, all of your diagnosed conditions, as well as all your various symptoms.

You will also want to provide addresses for your treatment sources to maximize the chance that the disability examiner who is assigned to your case will be able to obtain all your medical records, and in the shortest time possible.

You should also write down in advance your work history going back for the 15 year period prior to becoming disabled (this is the time period that Social Security is concerned and it is referred to as "the relevant work period"), focusing on job titles, descriptions of the work performed for each job, and the dates worked for each job.

Compiling a list of your work history and medical treatment history before the interview will help ensure that crucial information is not accidentally left out and will help to make the application process less stressful.

Terms discussed:

  • Social Security Disability SSI and Activities of Daily Living
  • What Happens During A Social Security Disability or SSI Interview?
  • How Does A Disability Examiner Determine a Personís Functional Limitations?
  • What happens if the examiner cannot find all my medical records?

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

    Related pages:

    What Happens During A Social Security Disability or SSI Interview?
    Be ready for your Social Security Disability Interview
    Filing for Disability- what to bring to a disability interview when you apply

    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