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Social Security disability benefits and previous work

When a Florida resident is applying for Social Security disability benefits, there are numerous factors that come to the forefront in determining whether the claimant meets the requirements. A great deal of information must be provided including details about past work. This will include the jobs that the claimant did in the previous 15 years. There must be a description of that work with the job duties. Simply listing each job is not sufficient.

The claimant must give a variety of information including the responsibilities inherent with each job,the date of employment and the number of hours that were worked per day. In addition, the applicant must also provide information about what their pay was at their former jobs, what kinds of equipment they used, and whether or not independent judgment was used. These are just some of the details that the applicant must provide about their former jobs.

The medical conditions and illnesses are also important when it comes to the decision for benefits. A worker with an illness might had to work less and receive assistance that was not needed prior to their illness. Likewise, the illness may have also required the worker to take sick days, leave their workstation often and rest during the day more frequently than other workers. The Social Security Administration also must know when the medical problem started affecting work; if the condition stopped the worker from being able to do the job; if the claimant was forced to cease working; and when the work stopped.

The inability to work or issues that hinder a claimant's ability to work are commonly part of decision to seek SSD benefits. Those who are pursuing benefits need to have this information prepared to give to the SSA. The failure to give the required information can result in a denial of the claim. An attorney can help an applicant gather and organize all of the information that they need to submit their SSD benefits claim.

Source: SSA.gov, "What information do you need about my past work?," accessed on Sept. 21, 2015

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