Completing the 3368, page 3

This page is about your work history, where you worked, what kind of work you did, how long you worked at each job, and how much you were paid.

The official SSA website says this about the work history questions;

We need to find out about your past work to decide if you can still do it. To make this decision, we need to know how you did your job. We also need to know if you learned skills on your job.

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Completing the SSA-3368, Page 2, I & J

Questions I and J, about your work activity ending. The questions are – when did you stop working, and why?

  • Are you working, YES or NO,
  • If not, when did you stop working,
  • And most importantly, WHY did you stop working?

Notice that the space allowed for why you stopped working is 3 1/2 lines. Don’t enter a one word answer here. Explain in detail what led up to your job ending.

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Completing the SSA-3368, Page 2, G & H

Question G, “Did you work at any time after the date your illnesses, injuries, or conditions first interfered with our ability to work?”

With this question we get into a more complex area. They are trying to find out if you were off work for more than 30 days, and then went back to work for less than 6 months. The point is, you might be able to claim an earlier date of onset. And that can mean a big difference in the amount of your back pay, and the date you will become eligible for Medicare. I’ll go over 3 examples.

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Definition of disability for Social Security benefits

The shortest version of the disability definition is “unable to work.” Of course, it’s much more complicated than that. And you actually can be approved for disability while working, as long as the work is not “substantial.” Social Security considers 5 things in evaluating your claim. They are, #1-work, #2-severity, #3-on the list?, #4-usual work, #5-other work.

If you have a clearly severe condition, like paralysis, or terminal cancer, they use the 5 steps, but the decision process is quick and easy. It’s when your condition is not that obvious they go through the 5 step decision process in detail. Note that you must be unable to do both your usual work and other work to be approved.

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