Those in Newark who have suffered a serious injury or illness understand just how big an impact that their condition has on them physically, emotionally and financially. A person may never be able to heal fully and return to work, which could add financial stress to an already difficult situation. However, help is available to those who qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Part of qualifying for SSD benefits is proving that you have a disabling condition that will last at least 12 months or more, or that is fatal. To this end, many applicants take care to submit all the proper medical documentation and proof of the severity of their injury or illness. However, in order to qualify for SSD benefits, it must also be shown that the applicant’s disability has rendered them unable to work. Therefore, the applicant will also need to provide the Social Security Administration with information about their job.
The SSA will determine how a person’s disability affects their ability to work on a case-by-case basis. Some information that might help them understand how an applicant’s disabling condition affects their ability to work includes information outlining the primary responsibilities of the job and what tasks were undertaken on a day-to-day basis. The SSA will also want to know when the applicant started working and when the applicant stopped working due to their disability.
Documentation of how long the applicant worked both per day and per week is also helpful. Information about the applicant’s hourly wages or salary will also need to be submitted. Also, the SSA will want to know what devices the applicant used at work and what knowledge and skills were necessary to do the job. Also, there should be information on how much supervision there was over the applicant and how much independent judgement the applicant could exercise.
Information on physical activities performed at the job, like lifting, carrying, walking, climbing, kneeling and more will also need to be provided. Also, the SSA may want to know the extent to which the applicant needed to speak, listen and see in order to do their job. Information on the environmental conditions of the workplace would also be of help.
Source: The Jackson County Times-Journal, “Social Security Column: One fact you should know about disability,” Marcus Geiger, Oct. 27, 2017