There is a lot of paperwork involved in completing a Social Security disability application. In order to have your application approved, each form must be filled out honestly and completely. This sounds easy enough, but it may be more difficult to do when the forms are sitting in front of you.
One of the important forms that you may be asked to complete is Function Report – Adult – Form SSA-3373-BK. This form evaluates whether you have the ability to work given your medical condition. If it is determined that you have the functional capacity to work, your claim for Social Security disability benefits will be denied.
How to Complete the Function Report
This form should be filled out by you or your attorney. Before you get started, it is important to know that:
- You should be very specific. Give as much detail as you can so that the person reviewing your application understands what it is like to live with your disability. If you do not have enough room to answer the question in the space that is provided then you may attach additional pages.
- Answer only the question that is being asked. Read the question carefully and make sure that you are answering the question that is being asked of you.
- Every question must be answered. The instruction sheet says in all caps, DO NOT LEAVE ANSWERS BLANK. If you fail to follow this advice, your application for benefits may be denied. If you find that a specific question doesn’t apply to you then you can write “not applicable” or provide a more specific explanation in the space provided.
- You must be consistent. Some of the information requested in different questions may overlap. Make sure that you are consistent in your answers.
These things may seem simple. However, the reality of filling out the form may be more complicated than you anticipate. Accordingly, it is important to talk with your attorney about how to proceed.
Your lawyer can make sure that the Function Report and all of your Social Security disability forms are filled out completely and accurately so that your claim stands a good chance of being approved. For more information, please contact us today, via this website or by phone, to schedule an initial consultation with one of our board certified attorneys.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.