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Author Topic: Writing Your Report for Applying for SSD--Some Suggestions for gettng started  (Read 12756 times)


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Before I begin, I just want to mention, I am not very literate on the computer.  That is why I have a web designer for my site.  :)  The links mentioned in here might not work since I am not familiar with this website's linking system yet.  This is only my 2nd post.  However, I did not want to wait until I had it figured out since there might be people out there needing this information to help them.  SO, do a copy and paste into the address of your window if you need to.  (i think)  :-\

I wish you good journey.

I am a secretary that helped my hubby file for SSD. Because of that,  I have some suggestions for preparing to file for SSD.

Before getting into the possible helpful areas, let me say up front---

- Social Security does not go by percentage of ability to work. Their final analysis is CAN you or CAN YOU NOT work.

- Social Security does not evaluate just service-connected disabilities. They look at ALL disabilities.

- Social Security needs to know how the disabilities/problems affect you, not just the disabilities themselves. This includes how you are physically and mentally affected as well as your ability to work with or around others.

Having said the above, here are some areas to get you started:

1. Disability Benefits



This is the area of SS that explains about the disability eligibility and benefits. It is important to take time to read before you begin to file.

2. RFC - Residual Functional Capacity is an important part of determining your ability to work. The following links give a good explanation of it.


The SS relies on the Department of Labor Job Descriptions when making its evaluation(s).

When you get on the DOL website, go to #3 under "Ways to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook" OR use the Search Box to look up a specific occupation.


There could be more than one title that covers your specific job. When my hubby filed, I discovered that five different job titles were part of what he was doing. Nowhere did I find his actual job title. It wasn't mentioned for his craft.

Research all jobs that might be considered something you could do.
Print out the job description(s) for future reference.

4. (DOT) Dictionary of Occupational Titles --

This too is an excellent source of finding out the requirements of your job including education, job description, etc. similar to the DOL mentioned above. I had to really study it to understand the codes but it does pay to know what SS uses before creating your report.


This is also part of DOL. At one time it wasn't used by SS from what my research showed. However, it may be now since the DOL says it has been revised. It is a DOL site that gives an excellent breakdown of what your job description entails. It describes under the appropriate occupation category, what is required for knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, work context, and other categories. It is extremely helpful since it supplies individual areas that you can then address as your disabilities impact.

BE SURE to check out all tabs including the DETAILS tab. It lists a lot of tasks that are covered under the category.

Find your occupation(s) and Print a hard copy. You can then use it when you begin to organize your material


This site provides the ability to research not only your disabilities but your medications. Note any side effects or warnings (such as staying out of sun). Print out a copy for your reference on any or all that impact your ability to work.

7. Patrick's SSDI Self-report found on the Veterans Benefits Network website (Pinned)

Take some time to study this. It will give you ideas on what you need when writing up your own report.

NOTE: Instead of using the VA's Title 38 Part 4 Schedule of Ratings, Substitute your Occupations from the DOL and O*Net

When Assembling your Report--

LIST the information for each aspect of your job(s) from O*Net that is affected by your disability
INSERT your DETAILED explanation of how it affects you
LIST medical documentation, letters, etc. to support your explanation

8. Entire Social Security Site

For your information

Once you have assembled all of the above, it should make the process of applying for SSD a lot easier. I hope this is helpful to get you started.

Any specific questions, create a topic on this forum site and the experts will come along to try to answer them for you.

I wish you well.
« Last Edit: December 13, 2010, 06:57:39 pm by SSDAdmin »

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     I want to thank you for taking the time to post this information.  I, personally, do not have a lot of experience with VA claims and it is wonderful to have someone here that can help.  As for the Social Security claims, we are far from experts but we certainly do our best to share our experiences. 
     I want to thank Topretired for recommending our site on the VBN, it is appreciated and we hope we can be of assistance to our Veterans, it is the least that we can do.
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Can you tell me exactly where you add all of this additional information to the actual applications? There isn't enough space to include various job descriptions or RCF I just add this at the back end of the application or do I insert all the extra supportive documentation in the middle of the application where it asks for information?  I have so much additional info to include in my application and I don't know where to organize it so I can expand upon the actual question that the SSA forms ask?




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I added it as a typewritten attachment to the form.  On the actual application form, I just wrote for that query "see attachment."  Thus they HAD to go to the attachment in order to read the info.  (Make sure EVERY PAGE of the attachment has your name and social security number in the heading!)

If you try to summarize in the application, they could ignore the attachment.

It worked for us.  I think our attachment was 20+  pages since I covered a LOT of minute details that he could not do.

The whole thing when submitted to the SS was in the form of a 3" binder notebook.  The binder included all hubby's medical records also.  They didn't want to accept it, but because we had written his name and SS No. in big letters on the outside, she took it.

I do know the document seemed to make it easier for them.  Hubby had no problem getting SSD...just one exam which seemed more to help rather than critique.

Hope that helps.



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I agree with FB - add the additional information as an attachment.

It might help you to also check out this topic, where several people have detailed how their application package was organized.

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Great information, thanks for sharing.  :)


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Good morning. I want to let you know the importance of having & presenting ALL of your medical records to you case worker at the initial application. I'm a 60 year old male, L5-S1 fusion August 2012 done at Vanderbilt. Applied in March 2013 for SSD  and received a favorable decision within 60 days. I kept a 3 ring notebook  including all office an surgery notes.  Copied all & hand delivered with my application. Filled out my application ivy using a PDF format that allowed clear & concise explanation of all questions in a format that was easily readable. The advise gained from this website was a valuable tool used to complete my application. Remember, you are your biggest advocate. Follow up with calls to your case worker every couple of weeks to make sure there is nothing further you can do to aid them with expediting their decision. YOU CAN GET APPROVAL ON YOUR INITIAL APPLICATION IN A TIMELY MANNOR IF YOU DO THE LEG WORK & PRESENT YOUR CASE IN A LEGIBLE CONCISE FORMAT!   

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Absolutely  :Kudos04:  Don't let anyone tell you to wait to submit medical evidence, that does NOT benefit you.
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Regarding submitting your own medical evidence, letters that support your inability to _____ (you fill in the blank), or my own descriptions of how my symptoms affect my day to day life, social life, stamina and ability to work...

I was told "not needed" by my local office, on the telephone, and by my determiner.

I put a bar code on the top, made a table of contents and had my husband hand deliver it to the local office.  I also sent additional (non-requested) materials to the determiner using USPS mail.