When Tom L. decided to apply for disability benefits, he had no idea how much paperwork would be involved. Some of the documents he was asked to submit did not seem that important. For example, Tom wondered, “Why do I need a work history report since I’ve completed the application already?” A properly completed work history report should help the Social Security Administration (SSA) staff make an accurate decision about your case.
What Is a Work History Report?
The official name is Form SSA-3369 – Work History Report. By completing this form, an applicant gives a complete rundown of their employment. In fact, the SSA likes to see details of an applicant’s work history for the 15 years prior to becoming disabled.
A work history report typically includes the following types of information:
- Your previous jobs,
- The duties and tasks required for each position, and
- Specific skills and experiences you learned at each job.
The Social Security Act authorizes the SSA to collect information like that contained in the work history report. However, it may be difficult to understand why the SSA wants all this information and what they will do with it.
Why Does it Matter?
Before making a decision on an application, SSA personnel need to review the work history report. Doing so gives them a better understanding of the applicant’s ability to work. They will also review the applicant’s medical records. The medical records and work history report together give the SSA examiner greater insight into the types of work the applicant has performed and whether he or she will be able to use their experience to work regardless of their medical condition.
The Work History Report Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle
The application process for government benefits like SSDI and SSI may seem tough. Knowing that the information asked for is critical to the success of your claim may help you make the work history report a priority.
Get the help of an experienced Social Security attorney. It would be best if you had someone on your side who understands the system.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have helped many clients receive the disability benefits they deserve. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.