How do you complete the Function Report received from SSA?

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Loyd Bourgeois    

Complete the questionnaire right away and provide truthful and specific answers!

You only have a limited time to comply (10 days from the date of the letter) with Social Security’s request so, don’t delay. But, don’t rush through your answers either.

As you complete the form, keep the following in mind:

  • Be honest.
  • Don’t exaggerate, but be specific about your limitations.
  • Don’t say that “you can’t do anything.” A better answer is to list the specific things you have problems doing and stating why you have problems doing them.  For example,  “I can do some laundry, but I can no longer lift the clothes from the dryer to the table.  I need my husband to move them to the sofa, and then I can fold them.  I may only be able to fold for 10-15 minutes at a time before I need a break.”  This is a better (and usually more truthful response) than “I cannot fold laundry.”
  • Most importantly, comply with the request within the time Social Security has allotted. Social Security has closed disability claims based on a claimant’s non-compliance.

One recommendation I usually make to clients is to answer the questions separately on another piece of paper first before transferring your response to the form.  This will allow you to work on your answer without messing up the form.

If you are applying for disability and have questions about the function report, it never hurts to talk to or retain an experienced Social Security attorney who can help you properly prepare your case.

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