Documenting Your Work History
In the Social Security Disability and SSI
Excerpted Tip From DE Other Side Newsletter (April 2006
your work history form can mean the difference between an allowance and a denial of your claim,
especially if you are aged 50 or over, so always try to complete the work history form throughly,
including guessing at the amount of tim e you spent standing, sitting, crouching, crawling,
etc., on any jobs you held within the last 15 years.
One way to get a good estimate of this is to go to the dictionary of occupational titles (DOT)
which lists the requirements of 1000s of jobs in the national economy. This is what Disability
Examinerss use when you leave out this section of your work history form.
Remember that even if the DOT lists that people in your occupation spend two hours sitting in a
particular job, but you are sure you only got to sit for an hour, and spent most of your time
standing, you should list your actual standing requirement. Disability examiners will generally use
your estimates if they are reasonable.
And if you are in the middle of a claim and have already completed the work history form, you
can always send in supplemental information to your disability examiner.
Generally, work history is one of the last items reviewed in deciding a claim (i.e. one of the
last steps in the Sequential Evaluation process which is to determine if you can perform your past
work or if you can perform any other work in the national economy based on your current medical
conditions, including your physical and/or mental residual functional capacity, which basically
indicates what you are still able to do despite your impairments.)
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