Tips for Completing Form SSA 3373

MF Law TIPS Function FormCompleting 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 how best to provide answers to each of the 22 questions. The best tips for completing the Social Security Insurance (SSI) Function Report are as follows.

1. Use a Sample Report – Start with a quality sample function report social security disability form. You can obtain one from our team. The sample provides you with examples of quality answers. There is an art to writing a good answer and the sample form gives you an idea of how long your answers should be, the tone of your response, and the amount of detail you should provide.

2. Read it All Before You Begin – Read through the entire form completely before you begin. This is important, because the form asks questions in different ways and often for the same information in different questions. Remember that your goal is to complete the form without providing extra details that might hint that you can do other types of jobs.

3. Answer All the Questions – Every question is important, and a blank question is a reason for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reject the questionnaire. They make it very clear in the instructions that you must answer every question. If you do not know the answer or the question does not apply, then indicate that. – “Does Not Apply” or “I Do Not Know.” In 2014, more than 934,000 disability cases out of 2,636,563 cases were closed and labeled as “technical denial.” [1]

4. Keep Your Answers Short – You do not want to provide too much information because it can lead to discrepancies or to the rejection of your claim. Remember that the primary goal of this form is to determine if you can work in any capacity.

5. Read the Question Twice – Read each question several times before you provide an answer. It is important to fully understand what the question is asking and to do that, you should read each question several times before formulating a response.

6. Check Your Answers – Read and reread your answers to each question several times and ask yourself if everything in your response is necessary. For example, if the form asks you “Do you live in alone”, then the answer is yes or no. Nothing more. In another part of the form, it will ask you “who else lives with you.” I live with my wife/husband and 12-year-old daughter. Nothing more. Nothing less. The answer must be complete and truthful but not so deep as to provide additional information. I live alone in a 3rd story apartment – This is not a good answer because it provides too much information. The question does not ask about the type of house in which you live and the rest of the answer is too long. Keep it simple. “Do you live alone?” Yes. That is all that the question asks.

7. Do I Have to Type My Answers? – The form does not have to be typed. It is acceptable to fill out the form by hand or to have someone else fill out the form for you. There is a spot on the form that identifies the person who fills out the form. If you cannot write or type, allow someone else to complete the form for you, but be sure to read what they write so that it is accurate.

8. Keep it honest – Not only does the form ask questions in different ways, the SSA will compare your answers to your medical record or to the standard symptoms of the illness or injury that you have.

9. Physical and Emotional Issues are Important – Be sure to mention physical and emotional issues that keep you from doing your job and regular activities. If there is a limitation that prevents you from doing anything in your normal day, it should be noted on the form. One section of the form asks about how your illness or injury prevents you from working. Be sure to be detailed about things that cause you pain, stress, and other factors that keep you from working. This section should be honest and complete while still being short and concise. In addition, explain how you overcome these obstacles. For example, “I cannot stand for more than a few minutes without my back hurting. In order to do the dishes, I have to do them a few at a time and then sit down until the pain subsides. Doing the dishes used to take 15-minutes now it takes an hour or more.”

These nine tips help you learn how to accurately complete the social security disability questionnaire and to provide clear answers without giving additional details that the SSA can use against you or deny your case.


Deeper Understanding

[1] Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2015 – Social Security Administration

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