How to lay out your past work to win social security claims

Your social security disability claims will be denied if the disability examiner thinks that you could find out other probable jobs that fit loosely into your expertise of any past work you have performed.

Fortunately, even if the administrative law judge, ALJ or your disability examiner thinks that you are able to find work related to prior work experiences, your disability attorney can counter those evidences through your medical examination reports and other significant documents.

Beware that these tips are only when you think the disability examiner or the ALJ has misunderstood your past ability as ability to perform similar work today or if they do not fully understand how your medical impairment may be preventing you from performing any kind of work let alone sedentary work.

Describing your prior work experiences

It is imperative that you describe your prior work experiences in as much detail as possible. Your disability examiner or ALJ should be able to fully understand what type of responsibilities you had, what you did and what you did not do, etc.

Here is a list of how you could list out your past work experiences in detail:

  • How long it took you to learn the tasks under your job description;
  • How long you worked in that particular position;
  • Your job title(s) as listed on your job contract with the employer;
  • Work hours of the job per week;
  • The physical requirements of the job (as listed in the employer contract);
  • How your tasks were similar to or different that tasks for people at similar position(s) as you;
  • Whether you had to take specialized training(s) during your past work experiences and what you learnt during those training(s);
  • Whether you were in charge of other junior employees and what were your responsibilities;
  • Whether you operated special equipments, for instance, a nurse operating MRI machines;
  • Whether your job involved public dealings;
  • Whether you were required to sit, stand, walk or carry weights for specific hours and its details;
  • Whether you had other allowances from your employer, such as day meals, accommodation, travel allowance, medical coverage, etc;

Although it is imperative that you do not downplay your abilities and responsibilities you had in your job requirements, it is also equally important that you don’t overstate them. The disability examiner and your administrative law judge, ALJ will be handling hundreds of cases yearly, so they will know when you are trying to manipulate the system through false claims. If they determine that you are not being honest in your testimonies, they will straight away deny your disability claims.

Lastly, it is also important that you don’t allow skills or prior work experience that does not hold significant value. Even if you allow those work experiences in your record, your ALJ will discredit that information while analyzing your case. Hence, it is important that you don’t overstate your responsibilities in jobs where:

  • The job didn’t lasted enough for you to learn how to perform the work completely;
  • The job didn’t come under ‘substantial gainful activity’;
  • How long the job lasted;

You can hire an attorney to represent you on your disability hearing. Your disability lawyer will know exactly what type of information is necessary for the ALJ or your disability examiner and how to answer those questions correctly.