Because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies the vast majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims it receives, if you need disability benefits, you will want to do everything you can to improve your chances of being awarded benefits.
To maximize your chances of a positive outcome, you should hire experienced counsel and you should take advantage of every opportunity you have to make your case a strong one.
Paying attention to how you answer the questions on the forms you fill out for the SSA is key to doing this.
The Disability Application.
Since the SSDI application is where everything starts, you should start there.
Make sure your SSDI application as complete and as detailed as possible. Prepare yourself beforehand so that when you fill out your application, you can provide accurate names, addresses, and phone numbers for all your treating physicians, specialists, clinics etc., as well as dates for all treatments you have received, and all current information about your condition.
Do your best not to leave gaps in the information. And provide as much detail as you can about your past work and the physical and mental tasks you had to perform in order to do it.
Forms The Social Security Administration Will Send You.
When the SSA sends you forms to fill out, like the ADL questionnaire (or “Adult Function Report”), take the time to respond to the questions completely.
While you may be tempted to answer the seemingly simply question “what do you do all day?” with a one-word answer like “nothing”— don’t.
The questions on the ADL form are purposeful and important. Keep in mind that if you answer the question “what do you do all day” with one word or with few words that don’t tell the disability examiner anything about how your condition keeps you from performing everyday tasks, you are probably going to be denied benefits.
You must provide answers on the forms that clearly describe your situation and how bad it is.
Even an answer such as “I watch T.V. all day” can get you denied.
Because sitting around watching T.V. all day, tells a disability examiner that you can sit for hours at a time. If you can sit for long periods of time watching T.V., then you can do jobs that require sitting for long periods of time, like being a receptionist or a security monitor.
Every question you answer in a form that the SSA sends you, or at your disability interview, or in a hearing, is important to your case. So take the time to respond fully, truthfully and with enough detail so that the SSA can understand how severe your situation is.
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If you have been denied benefits or are applying for disability benefits, contact us. We have helped many people get benefits and we can help you, too. We have offices throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. We have offices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, too. We offer free consultations and we do not get paid unless you win your case. Contact us today or call us at 855-727-8625 to set up your free appointment.