There are many circumstances that may lead you to need Social Security Disability(SSD) benefits. Although you may be legitimately disabled, it is not always easy to explain your circumstances to the government administrator reviewing your application. In some cases, legitimate SSDI claimants have their cases denied and have to reapply.
SSDI benefits are based on tightly defined government guidelines. This doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to get the benefits you need. It just means you have to jump through the bureaucratic hoops in order to satisfy the person reviewing your claim that you are indeed disabled.
One essential part of your SSDI application is your work history description. In essence, it is this history that lets the Social Security Administration(SSA) know what kind of work you used to do, so they can decide whether or not you can still do it.
Prior Jobs and Job Skills
Because the SSA wants to know everything about your past work, their requirements can seem very detailed and onerous to describe. It’s important to fill out this information correctly. The organization matches your forms against your tax returns, and any mistakes or omissions can result in an application denial. That’s why sometimes it’s helpful to go through the application with the help of a disability advocate or attorney.
The SSA wants to know your prior jobs for the past 15 years. They ask not only for your job title, but job duties, as well as the skill required to perform certain tasks. The idea is to give the organization an accurate picture of what your job was like. Using that information, they will determine whether you are limited in your ability to return to work or to transition to a different kind of work.
Residual Functional Capacity
If you have applied for SSDI, you may have heard the term “residual functional capacity.” This means the amount of work that you can do given your disability. This may be different for every applicant. The SSA uses your medical history, based on what you provide and their own assessments, to decide what and how much you can do. Then they also take into account the type of work you used to do to decide the amount of your RFC.
What About the Grid Rules?
The SSA has a list of clinical diagnoses that are recognized as disabilities. The Medical Impairment Listings include a wide range of potentially disabling conditions, including soft tissue injuries, fractures, mental health challenges, HIV infection, cancer and many others.
However, not everyone’s situation fits neatly into these categories. If yours does not, you may still be eligible for SSDI. That’s where the grid rules come in. The SSA will decide whether or not you can get benefits based on your age, RFC, past work history, skills and education. This is one reason why the SSDI application asks for so much detail about your work history and skills. But remember, even if the SSA denies your claim based on the grid rules, it is possible to file a successful appeal.
Want Help? Talk to a Lawyer Today
Overall, the SSDI application process can be complicated and detailed. Fortunately, you can get help with your claim, even if the organization has already issued a denial. Contact The Good Law Group today to see how we can help, today and for the future.