When you apply for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will determine if there’s any type of work you’re able to perform despite the limitations caused by your impairments and the side effects of your medications or treatments. As your case progresses, Social Security will look at many factors including your past relevant work experience.

Under Social Security disability guidelines, past relevant work is any type of work that you have done in the past fifteen years. This work must have lasted long enough for you to learn the job and at a full time capacity for which you were paid wages or other compensation. If the Social Security determines that you can return to the type of work that you have done in the past, or apply your past job experience to another type of job, your application for Social Security Disability benefits will be denied

To assess your past relevant work Social Security requires that you complete the Work History Form. The basic objective of this form is to give the Social Security Administration a detailed snapshot of your work experience for the 15 years before you became disabled. The Work History Form will ask about the jobs you held in the past, the duties required in each position, and the skills and experience you gained in each job. The accuracy and completeness of the information about your past relevant work can make or break your case.

Increase Your Chances Of Winning Your Case With Cuddigan Law

Hiring an experienced Social Security attorney to fight for your rights can improve your chances of being approved for disability benefits. Statistics from the federal government show that you are three times more likely to win disability benefits if you use a knowledgeable representative like a disability attorney. Cuddigan Law can help you compile the right information for the required forms, prepare you for an appeal hearing if one is required, and can present the strongest arguments in your favor. If you are considering applying for disability benefits or if your benefits application has been denied contact us for a free evaluation of your case.


Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska