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Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is a long process that requires disabled individuals to fill out numerous forms and gather information about how their impairments impact their daily lives. One of these forms, known as the Adult Function Report (SSA-3373), is usually sent after an initial application but can also be requested during an SSDI appeal.
The Adult Function Report is long and can be confusing to some, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) often uses this report to discredit a claim. For this reason, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney when filling out the Adult Function Report form. Below are some tips and tricks that you can use to help you through the process.
The questionnaire on the Adult Function Report requires individuals to clearly describe their limitations. Here’s a breakdown of the steps involved in the process of submitting an accurate report:
When filling out the Adult Function Report, it is imperative to answer the questions as accurately as possible. Taking the time to think about the changes that have occurred in your daily life due to your disability and providing as many details about the life adjustments as possible will strengthen your claim for Social Security disability benefits.
The SSA will have only your medical records and the Adult Function Report to understand your condition. Vague answers without clear examples of how a disability hinders an applicant’s daily life will indicate to the SSA that his or her impairment is not very severe and that he or she will have no problem returning to work.
That is why filling out the form with detailed information about how a condition affects your day-to-day life – including activities such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, dressing, taking care of children or pets, using the bathroom, etc. – is crucial.
The questions included in the Adult Function Report may not offer enough room to provide adequate answers in the space provided. In this case, it is advisable to use the remarks section to share any additional information you believe the SSA should know about your case. You may also attach additional pages to your report, so take advantage of this opportunity to include supporting documentation.
Make sure to thoroughly review your Adult Function Report before submitting it to the SSA. If you feel that you do not fully understand a question or may have written something that could harm your case, arranging a consultation with an experienced disability lawyer to is great way to gain insight.
It is not uncommon for Adult Function Reports to change over time as some disabilities become progressively worse. If your condition drastically changes and impairs your ability to conduct your usual, daily activities, it is important to file a new report with the SSA.
Disability attorneys who are familiar with Adult Function Reports understand how to effectively answer the questions asked of SSDI applicants. They also know how to gather supporting documentation or medical evidence to bolster your claim. If you have any questions or are having trouble filling out your Adult Function Report, do not hesitate to contact one of our lawyers today for assistance.
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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law