In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits in Dallas, you must first demonstrate that you are unable to return to the work that you previously performed as a result of your disability, or that you cannot perform that work in the same capacity. The Social Security Administration will review various information about your previous work history in order to make this determination. Depending on how long you have been in the work force and the types of jobs that you have performed, the Administration may not look at every job you have ever held in order to decide whether you are still able to do your past work.
What to Expect During the Application Process
During the application process for Texas Social Security disability benefits, the Administration will review the information that you provide about your relevant work history. Typically, this means work that falls into the following categories:
- Jobs that were held within the past 15 years.
- Jobs that involved significant and productive physical or mental activities that were done for pay.
- Jobs that were held long enough for you to learn how to fulfill all of the responsibilities.
Any past positions which fall into these categories are likely to be used to assess the impact of your condition on your ability to perform your past work. It is very important to remember that the applicant seeking disability benefits must provide this information. Failing to provide the Social Security Administration with the information that it needs could result in a denial of your claim. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can assist you with gathering the correct information needed to obtain benefits.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.