The Social Security Administration contracts with a state agency to make the medical determination by following the federal regulations to determine if a claimant is disabled. In Pennsylvania, this is Disability Determination Services or (“DDS”), which is a part of the PA Department of Labor and Industry.
Typically, about two months after your application is submitted, DDS sends out an Adult Function Report and a Work History Report. These forms or reports seek the type of information that is often covered at a hearing, and therefore are a very important part of the process. If you have an attorney during the application process, these forms should be completed with the attorney.
The Adult Function Report seeks to identify the claimant’s impairments, mental and/or physical, by gathering information on daily activities, and what items or tasks are difficult or impossible given the claimant’s impairments. The Work History seeks to identify details of the claimant’s past employment and exertional requirements of those jobs. This reports become a part of the record and can later be available to an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) if your claim is denied, so it is very important they are complete and accurate.
Our firm offers legal assistance at the application stage. If you are unsure about any of the process, it is best to consult an attorney. Our team of lawyers offers free consultations and can potentially assist you through your Social Security Disability Claim. If you have been injured and can no longer work, call ACA Law at 570-348-0200 today. We fight for what’s right.