Substance Abuse

Unfortunately, many people with disabilities will find themselves struggling with substance abuse issues. One key to getting back on the road to recovery is to arm yourself with plenty of up-to-date and actionable information. With so many details to check into and keep track of regarding substance abuse and disabled people, it’s natural to feel […]

Wait Times for US Hearing Offices

The Social Security Administration recently published information giving the average processing time at each of its hearing offices.  The numbers represent the time from the day the hearing is requested until a decision is issued. The longest waits are in San Juan, Puerto Rico (864 days), Chicago (820 days) and New York (772 days).  The […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: How will drinking affect my case?

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. In our practice, we sometime see individuals struggling with mental health issues or chronic pain turn to alcohol or substances for relief. This can affect the analysis of your social security claim. The Social Security Administration rule SSR 13-2p outlines the protocol for evaluating alcoholism and drug addiction in a […]

Independent Living Centers

Independent living centers are organizations which assist persons with disabilities achieve greater independence by providing services and activities which enhance independent living skills and promote the public’s understanding, accommodation and acceptance of their rights, needs and abilities. The centers employ disability advocates to assist with accessing health care, vocational rehabilitation, public benefits such as food […]

Tips for Completing Form SSA 3373

Completing your function report can be complicated and overwhelming. Below are some tips to insure success. The Activity of Daily Living Questionnaire – Form SSA 3373 – is complex. It may seem as though the questions are easy and straightforward but the answers you provide do more than is obvious.Therefore, it is critical to understand […]

The Importance of the Function Form to your SSI Claim

The importance of the Social Security Insurance (SSI) function report – is very high. It is a form that measures what you can and cannot do. Learn what the SSA Function Form does by reading our blog: What is the Function Report? Read tips on how to correctly fill out the SSI Function Form in […]

SSD and SSI Benefits Function Reports

An important part of your application for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income Benefits is the Function Report, which is a form about your daily activities and capacities.  It is sometimes called an activities of daily living questionnaire or Form SSA 3373.  This form is very important, Social Security utilizes this form to determine […]

What is the Function Report?

The SSI Function Report is a tool that every applicant requesting Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Benefits must submit. It is sometimes referred to by other names such as Form SSA 3373 or The Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire. These names are interchangeable and can cause the process to be more confusing than […]

Social Security: Special Rules and Medical Vocational Guidelines for Those Over 50

Those who are over 50 and applying for Social Security should take note of the special rules called Medical Vocational Guidelines that apply to them. After 50, Social Security uses these rules to decide whether or not they believe someone has the ability to continue to work. These guidelines are in place because entry-level jobs […]