When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will carefully review your medical records in order to determine how severely impairing your illness or injury is. The SSA is also going to be interested in your work history. You need to understand what the SSA looks for when they review your past work. A Los Angeles disability lawyer can assist you with explaining your past work and can help with all steps in the disability benefits application process.
Why Does Past Work Experience Matter When Applying for Disability Benefits?
Work experience is important when you apply for SSD benefits because the Social Security Administration wants to restrict access to benefits only to people who aren't able to work at all. If you can work at any position you have done in the past, or can work at any job which your transferrable skills make you qualify for, then the SSA does not want to give you benefits. Instead, they want you to find a job that you're qualified for despite your disability.
If you have a long and extensive work history with lots of transferrable skills, it is more likely that the SSA is going to find you should be able to do some type of work even with your medical condition. If, on the other hand, you've only had one job or a limited type of job and have few transferrable skills, the SSA should approve your benefits claim if your impairments prevent you from being able to do that job you could do before.
A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer will help you to describe your work in an appropriate, specific way so you can try to maximize the chances the SSA will approve your benefits claim. Call today to find out how we can help.