Best Way to Explain Your Disabilities to Social Security
Here are some practical tips that will help you with best way to explain your disabilities to Social Security.
- Provide the date you last worked.
- Know the exact date your disability began to prevent you from working.
- Have documentation of doctors names and dates when you went in for examination, testing, and surgeries.
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Track and Explain in Simple Terms
- Know the number of doctor appointments you have each month.
- Record of how long you can sit, stand, or walk before you need to rest.
- Do you need to rest and elevate your legs or lay down?
- Can you use your hands for repetitive tasks?
- The side effects caused by your medications?
- The problems you had at your last few jobs that caused you to leave.
- How many absences would you have in a month?
- Are you able to stay on task?
- Is focus and concentration and issue?
- Can you learn new tasks?
- Do you get along well with others at work including co-workers and supervisors?
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Provide Medical Limitations
- Explain if a cane, walker, or wheelchair is needed to get around.
- Provide a medical record or doctor letter explaining your medical limitations.
- Make them aware if you are on oxygen and if moving around causes you to lose your breath.
- Let them know if you fall frequently.
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Explain Work Accommodations
- Provide information regarding your previous work hours.
- Make them aware if you missed a lot of work.
- Were you allowed to sit at a job that normally required standing?
- Did you have FMLA? Did you exhaust your FMLA?
- Was a special piece of equipment or tool provided that helped you do your job?
- Did they have another employee help with some of your job duties?
Social Security Code of Federal Regulations: Social Security – Medical Vocational Guidelines – Code of Regulations
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