2) This is your chance to tell Social Security how you feel.
This is your chance to tell Social Security how you feel
3) It's necessary to make a decision. The Work History form is important because it tells Social Security about your past work. They need to figure out if you can do your past job or if your skills transfer to another job. They can't do that without the Work History. The Function Report lets Social Security see where your activity level is at. If you have a heart condition or lupus, or another condition where it might be hard to pin down your physical limitations, the function report can tell Social Security what they need to know.
4) Medical Records don't include everything. The best doctor in the world isn't going to know everything about you and have it in your medical records. Your doctor doesn't know if you stopped handling the banking in your family because you kept forgetting to pay bills or if you only do laundry once a month now because it's too much work. The Function Report goes through chores and daily activities bit by bit to see what you can do and what you can't do.
5) It matters for appeals. You completed the forms once, so why do you have to do it again? If you haven't done any work, you can send in the same copy of your Work History. The Function Report is another matter. If you simply say, "Nothing has changed, see my Function Report from before." What you're really saying is, "My condition is no different than it was last time, so go ahead and deny me because your medical analysis shouldn't change either." In first appeal, why not think if anything is different? Are you having a harder time showering? Is walking becoming more difficult? Are stairs harder to climb? Answer each question as if you were thinking about it for the first time. Even if your answers are similar, they won't be the same. You want Social Security to think about your case and whether they should approve it on appeal, so make them think about it!
6) It matters for hearings. By the time you get to a hearing, which is the second appeal, it can take two years to get to that point. The Function Reports can be helpful because you likely won't remember exactly how you felt a year and a half ago. We still have to prove you were disabled then. It's a good record for the judge to see how you were feeling throughout your case. Sometimes, depending when you stopped working and how long you worked for, we have to prove you were disabled at a certain point in time. The function reports can really help us pin that down. It's hard to have a hearing where all the testimony is "How long could you walk two years ago?" and "How much could you lift in 2013?" It's much easier when we can point to a function report that was competed at the same time.
The forms are long and annoying to fill out. It seems like Social Security will never have enough information to make them happy. But the forms are important for your case and need to be completed each time you get them. If you have any questions, please contact The Foster Law Firm at (480)621-7231.