When I review a denied social security claimant’s application file I see many of the same Missouri social security disability filing mistakes. One of the primary mistakes I see people make is in the forms they fill out. Specifically, the work history form. See my earlier post on this issue. Recently I had a case that we won benefits at the hearing, but this was made significantly harder by the information the claimant failed to put down in his work history. Just because you know what all you did in your last job, dont assume that the SSA does. Be specific on the physical aspects of your prior work. Most people dont sit and think about the job that they used to in the manner that is helpful to SSA. Explain the work and actually figure out the weights you used to lift. Many people drastically underestimate the weights they lifted and physicality of the job. If you are over the age of 50 and trying to get Social Security benefits in Missouri, this information is vitally important to you.
The functional capacity form is the other place where I routinely see huge filing mistakes. Probably the most
There is a reason for every question on the form. Often I speak with people who are offended or otherwise put out they have to spend the time filing this out. My response is, you are asking the government to pay you for the rest of your life. This form and the other paperwork is not too much to ask.
Tips I would offer:
1. Dont rush through this document. As stated above, this is a very important document in your future. Everything you submit, everything, is going to be reviewed and will be evidence in your claim file. Some of the most important information is in the last few pages.
2. Be consistent. If you claim you never leave the house but go to the grocery store or go to church, that is inconsistent.
3. Be precise. Don’t assume that SSA knows what you mean. The example I give people is people say they walk the dog. Sounds simple, but we all have different ideas about what exactly this means. To some people that means opening the back door and letting Fido out. Some people it means wresting a 150 lb Newfoundland down the block. Some people it means a Chihuahua across the front yard. Don’t assume that the SSA knows how you have changed or what you have done to accommodate your conditions around the house. You have to tell them.
4. Its not a job application. Don’t underplay your problems out of embarrassment. Be honest. If family or friends are helping you with things, say so and explain the help.
5. Use the opportunity to tell how your physical and medical problems are interfering with your daily living. This means all conditions that bother you that you are seeking treatment for. Far too often I see people only mention the big issue. Other conditions that you are treated for count.
Hopefully you can use this information and avoid common Missouri social security disability filing mistakes, get approved and do not need the help of a disability lawyer. If you are over 50, please call me before you apply for a free consultation.
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