Important Details When Describing Your Work History

When you’re filing for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits, there are many forms you’re required to complete. One of them is a Work History Report—form SSA-3369-BK.

work history for SS disabilityThis form must include a detailed list of all the jobs you’ve held for the past 15 years. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews this report, along with the other information, forms, and details provided with your disability application.

Your history report is a critical component the SSA uses to determine how your current medical condition or illness impacts your ability to do any type of work.

Describing Your Work History

When you fill out the SSA Work History Report, there are some important things to keep in mind that help your chances of getting an approved claim. These include:

  • Be consistent. Provide a complete and comprehensive list of past jobs, job titles, dates of employment, and salaries. Make sure this information matches what you’ve provided on another form. Inconsistencies in these details can delay the process if the SSA has questions about your work history.
  • Don’t leave empty spaces. When you fill out the form, don't leave any question unanswered, and don't leave a blank field. Even if you think the question isn't relevant to your job situation, you still need to answer it or provide some information in that field. When the SSA encounters empty spaces, it must delay the process to track down additional information about your claim. Instead of leaving blank spaces, write "Not applicable" or "I don't know."
  • Add extra information. When filling out the Work History Report, you’ll find requests for “further information” and “remarks.” Be sure to add that extra information. This provides details and depth to help the SSA better understand the activities you performed while on the job. Adding this information also allows you to fully explain what you did in that position and all the tasks involved.
  • Combination Jobs. If your job consisted of two or more jobs, be sure to describe the duties of each job including the lifting and standing. For example, if you were cook most of the day but had to run the register when the store first opened, don't just describe the cashier job but also describe the cook job.

Contact Cuddigan Law

Filling out the SSA Work History Report is just one component in filing for disability benefits. Because the process can be challenging and overwhelming, it’s beneficial to hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to assist you.

The attorneys at Cuddigan Law will explain the forms needed for your application and all the necessary details. You can rely on our qualified legal representation to understand the application process and how to fill out a winning application. Contact us for a free interview with an intake specialist about your case.

 

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