Completing the Disability Report form, SSA-3368

This is the form you should be filling out before your interview. For unknown reasons Social Security is trying to phase it out by encouraging people to use the online version, or by replacing it with a shorter form. But the online form can be frustrating and the short form doesn’t ask you all the questions that need to be included in your application. Here’s a link to the form. SSA-3368 You need Adobe Acrobat to open it. Or you can call Social Security and ask for one to be mailed to you.

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Your Credibility

Most people who file for disability benefits are truly in need of help, and honest. But some people are less than completely honest. Some people exaggerate their medical problems. And some people even make stuff up. Exaggerations and false statements cause a couple of problems, the biggest is, YOU LOSE CREDIBILITY.

Your credibility is a significant factor in evaluating your claim for benefits.

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Your diagnosis will not get you approved for disability benefits

Most people think if they can prove they have a medical condition, that should be enough to get approved for Social Security disability. But it’s not the diagnosis by itself, it’s how that condition affects you personally.

Let me give a few examples. Compare two applicants, both were diagnosed with diabetes.

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Robert M. Ball, former Commissioner of Social Security dies…

Robert M. Ball, 93, commissioner of Social Security under three presidents who was a major player in virtually every development of the old-age and disability insurance field for the past 60 years, died of congestive heart failure January 29 2008.

Mr. Ball was described by American Scholar magazine in 2005 as Social Security’s “biggest thinker, longest-serving commissioner and undisputed spiritual leader . . . . Social Security’s chief advocate and defender.”

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