If you’re considering filing for Social Security disability benefits, you might be overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork that’s involved. There’s a lot of forms to fill out and you may not understand what it all means. Failing to fill out these forms properly could lead to you not being approved for Social Security disability benefits. One of these forms you need to make sure you fill out correctly is your Activities of Daily Living.
An Activities of Daily Living form, or ADL form for short, tells the Social Security Administration what sort of daily tasks a disabled person can still perform. These may include basic day-to-day activities such as cooking, cleaning and driving, as well as any hobbies they currently enjoy.
This allows the Social Security Administration to see if their activities are “in line” with their disability. Consistency is the key here.
For example, if someone is getting Social Security disability benefits for a back problem, yet they state on their form that they still perform various activities that require an active use of their back, that can raise a red flag.
It may indicate that their back problem is not severe enough to warrant winning disability—or if it’s even a legitimate claim at all.
When filling out an Activities of Daily Living form, one might jeopardize their disability earnings by answering improperly. Do not take this task lightly under the impression that it is not important. Be as detailed, accurate and honest as you can.
Doing so may prevent an awkward situation where the Social Security Administration needs to contact you regarding the validity of your claims. If asked about your hobbies, you should answer with a list of current activities that you can currently perform, not those you enjoyed before sustaining your injury.
You may have enjoyed things like hunting, fishing or motorcycle riding in the past, but listing these as a hobby on your ADL form indicates to the Social Security Administration that you are still doing them.
Simply put, you need to make sure to let SSA know that you cannot perform many of the activities that you once did due to your disability.
Disability law can be tricky. It can be easy to make mistakes that have severe consequences and cost you the income that you deserve for a serious disability.
It’s wise not to leave things up to chance. You want an Arkansas Disability Attorney on your side.
Let The Krebs Law Firm help you find the peace of mind that you have filled out your Activities of Daily Living form correctly so that you can answer honestly and effectively. We strive to exceed your expectations.
It can be daunting learning the ins and outs of Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s not a task you need to take on alone. Call on an Arkansas Disability Attorney from the Krebs Law Firm to help you every step of the way, whether you’re applying for Social Security Disability or have already been approved. Call the Krebs Law Firm today for a free consultation at (870) 741-8100.
We offer a free book on Social Security Disability benefits to Arkansas residents. Give us a call at (870) 741-8100. We have an office in Harrison, Arkansas just a couple of doors down from the Harrison Social Security Office.
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