Your work history report is a crucial document when you file for Social Security Disability (SSD) in Indianapolis or anywhere else. It features vital information “about the jobs the applicant held in the 15 years prior to becoming unable to work due to his or her illnesses, injuries, or conditions.”
The accuracy, thoroughness and amount of detail of the information you provide will give those making a decision on your claim an excellent overview of the responsibilities you took on in your previous positions, as well as the skills required to carry out your duties satisfactorily. With this description of what you did before your disability, a decision can be reached about whether “the applicant is able to perform past relevant work or other work.”
Key items to be aware of when doing your work history report
Rather than write brief responses that are broad and vague, make your answers specific and comprehensive. For example, if you worked in customer service, you might state that you answered phone calls, resolved customer complaints or handled merchandise returns.
Being exact and precise in the material you submit is necessary. Errors will only cause frustrating delays and difficulties. Write down basics such as when you started and concluded each job, the length of your typical work day, your titles, the physical activities associated with your previous roles and your salary at each one. If you can’t remember it all, try to do some research.
Write an answer to each question on the form. Don’t leave anything blank. Explain that certain questions may not apply to you rather than not responding to those questions at all.
Take advantage of the section of the report titled “Remarks.” This provides a great opportunity to clarify anything you wrote that could be murky. Everything in this document counts toward making a strong case in support of your claim.
Get help if you need it
You certainly might have questions about the SSD claims process or about this and other documents you are expected to submit. Learning all you can about the disability process can help you stay on track.