In order to qualify for Social Security disability in Texas, you must clearly demonstrate that you can no longer do the work that you did previously. This is a crucial aspect of the qualification process. To have a successful disability claim, you will have to provide certain information to the Social Security Administration relating specifically to these previously held jobs. This information should date back as far as 15 years. The Social Security Administration, however, will only review the information that it determines to be relevant.
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, it is important that the details surrounding your former job be complete. The Administration must understand the nature of your work and how it was performed. It then must determine whether you are still able to perform this work. To make this determination, the Administration will consider the following:
- The main tasks and responsibilities of your job.
- Any skills that you learned while employed.
- The tools, machinery, and equipment that you used at your job.
- The extent of supervision that you had while employed, and the amount of independent judgment that you used.
- The type and extent of physical activity required by your job.
- The environmental conditions at your workplace.
- Your current age.
- Your education level.
- Your years of work experience.
In addition, the Social Security Administration will want to know when your medical condition first began to affect your work. The Administration will also want information as to the date on which you stopped working, and the reasons why you stopped. If you were forced to work fewer hours, receive help from coworkers, take sick days, or rest during the workday as a result of your condition, this information is also pertinent to the assessment of your disability.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.