What Information is Needed to Establish a Disability?
You should provide the Social Security Administration with information that is as complete and detailed as possible.
1. You will need to provide a list of all the jobs you held in the past 15 years and give a detailed description of your job duties including, but not limited to:
* The tasks you performed
* Tools, equipment, machinery you used
* Knowledge and skills your work required
* What objects you had to lift and carry and the weight of those objects
* How much you had to sit, stand, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and balance
* Environmental conditions of your work place
* How much supervision you had
* The amount of independent judgment you used
2. You need to prepare a list of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all doctors, hospitals, and other medical facilities where you received treatment and the approximate dates of the treatment. You should also prepare a list of your current medications, and the side effects of those medications including drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.
3. It is crucial that you provide information regarding how your disability affects your ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, lift and carry and how your disability affects your ability to perform the basic activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and driving. You should be able to provide that information by explaining how your disability effects you in the course of a 24 hour day and whether the condition has affected your ability to engage in social activities.
4. If you suffer from a mental impairments such as depression, you need to provide information regarding how the impairment effects your ability to deal with people, respond appropriately to direction, sustain attention and concentration, complete tasks in a timely manner, meet deadlines, and maintain regular attendance. Many cases are lost because this information is not provided an appropriate manner to the Social Security Administration.
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