How You Can Lose Your Social Security Disability Case By Failing To Properly Fill Out The Work History Form
When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits the Social Security Administration will send you a Work History Report Form SSA-369-BK. Unfortunately, the form doesn’t ask about job requirements that might be important in your case. That’s why it’s so very important for you to have a Social Security Disability attorney assist you in completing the forms and adding important information to the form.
The five important areas in the Work History Report include:
1. The estimate of hours and pay;
2. The length of your employment;
3. The skills required to perform your job;
4. The physical requirements of your job; and
5. The mental requirements of your job.
The number of hours and days that you work
The Work History Report will let you explain how many hours and days you work in a typical work week and how long you’ve worked at the job. It’s crucial that this information is accurate. The estimate of your hours and pay is key because the description of your hours and pay can make the difference in whether your job counts as past relevant work.
It’s important that you give an accurate description of whether your job, as performed, required that you worked more than 40 hours in a week or more than eight hours in a shift. You should describe this is detail.
Length of employment
If your job lasted less than 6 months, that particular job will not be considered significant gainful activity and will be eliminated from consideration of past relevant work at Step 4.
What’s also important is what about your medical condition has caused you to stop working. Explain in detail why you stopped working at your last job.
When you work at a job you learn certain skills such as how to answer the phone, how to deal with the public, how to keep on task and fulfill your job requirements. Make sure to explain in the Work History Form if your ability to do any type of these activities have been impacted by your medical condition.
Physical requirements of your job
Make sure that you include the physical requirements of your job, such as sitting, standing and lifting. The Social Security Administration will classify your past relevant work as sedentary, light, medium, heavy or very heavy depending on how much sitting, standing and lifting that you do.
The Work History Form is very confusing because it may ask you how many hours each day you did
a certain physical activity. Some jobs require you to do these activities, occasionally, but not every day. It’s important that you list the maximum requirements of the job and indicate the frequency.
In other words, if you worked in the fast food restaurant and helped unload a truck with 100 pounds of meat, you’d want to list lifting as 100 pounds done when the truck arrived.
Mental requirements of the job
The Work History Form does ask for information about the technical skill and supervision requirements of your job. The form doesn’t ask much about mental requirements of your job. If you did addition, subtraction, measure things or do complex mental tasks, please explain those in detail and how your condition impacts your ability to perform those duties.
You may also explain what made the job stressful. Stress might have been caused by the degree of interaction with co-workers, supervisors or even the general public. You might have tasks that required undivided attention and concentration or you might perform one to two step instructions.
If your job required a certain amount of work production with strict deadlines, explain those from a physical standpoint and how both physically and mentally you are unable to perform the same.
If there isn’t enough room, don’t forget that you can use the “remarks” section of the form.
The most important thing that you can do
The Work History Report asks you what part of the job you’re unable to perform. Do that for each job. Make sure that the job requirements are specifically listed on any Work History Form that you’re filling out and explain why you couldn’t perform those duties. It might be that you can’t lift, sit, stand and stoop. Explain those problems in detail.
Getting the help you need to fill out a Work History Report
The Work History Report is crucial to winning your Social Security Disability claim. You need the help of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney, like Nancy Cavey, who can help you get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. If you feel like you have an issue with your work history report and your Social Security disability claim, give us a call today at 727-894-3188 to discuss your options.