To determine your eligibility for Social Security benefits, your disability must prevent you from doing “past relevant work.” “Past relevant work” is work that meets the following criteria:
Below are some general questions that you will be expected to answer regarding your past work experience. With the assistance of a Michigan Social Security attorney, you should receive the necessary guidance to help you through your claim.
1. Why Can’t You Do the Job? For all your past relevant work, you’ll be asked to explain why you can no longer perform the work. In the event that you’re no longer insured for Title II benefits, you’ll be asked why you can’t do a particular job as of the date you were last insured.
2. Effort Required for the Particular Job: You may be asked to provide information regarding what kind of exertion levels were part of the job. Some of the details you may be required to provide are:
3. Stress Levels: For some disability claims, stress levels might not be an issue. However, in the event that stress tolerance was a factor in your past work experience you may be asked what was so stressful about a particular job. Your response may describe the complexity of the job, the difficult decisions you may have been required to make on a regular basis, dealing with clients, or pressure to meet milestones and deadlines.
4. General Background: You’ll be asked to provide detailed information about each job. For example you’ll provide:
5. Skill Level: Your proficiency at any prior work experience will also come into question. You might be asked how long it took you to learn the job, what kind of equipment that you were required to use, how much independent judgment you applied, what kind of skills were required for the job, or what supervisory responsibilities you had.
6. Job Environment: One other question may ask what kind of environment you were exposed to at work. Were you exposed to any hazardous conditions? Were you around any heavy machinery? Did you have to endure any extreme temperatures? Did noise, odors, dust, gases, etc. surround you?
Do you need a Michigan Social Security attorney to take a look at your claim? Please contact, J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law, for a case evaluation.