Information You Will Need to Give the SSA About Your Job

If you have filed an application to receive Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will want to know about your past work experience. For their purposes, they include any work that you performed within the last 15 years that provided you with gainful income and that you performed with a level of proficiency. The professionals at our Jacksonville disability law firm can help prepare you to answer questions from the administrative law judge on six different work-related areas.Jacksonville disability law firm Background Information on Employment The ALJ will want basic information on the applicable job, including where you worked, when you worked there, your job title, your work hours, the length of employment and your job duties. They will also want to know if you attained at least an average level of competency on the job. They will ask about your income and why you left the job, especially if this was related to your impairment. Level of Exertion They will want to know the type of exertion on the job, including the amount, type and frequency of any weights you lifted. They will ask specific details about how often you lifted weights, what type of objects you carried and how far you carried them. They will also ask about how much sitting, standing and walking you did during the day, and if you needed additional flexibility in movement, such as climbing, bending, crawling or balancing. Our Jacksonville disability lawyer can review how this information applies to your case before your hearing. Environmental Factors and Stress Level The SSA will want to know everything about your work environment, especially any hazardous conditions you faced. They will also ask if the job was stressful and what specifically made the work stressful for you. Skill Level and Burden of Proof The ALJ will ask about the necessary skills to perform your job, including the type of equipment you used, your technical knowledge, any writing you did and judgment skills you needed. If you supervised others, they will want specific details on your responsibilities. Finally, they will want to know why you can no longer perform this job. If you are uncertain how your past work experience or ability to exert yourself will affect your case, contact a seasoned disability lawyer for further information. John Fagan at his Jacksonville disability law firm can answer your questions. You can reach him at 904-278-1000.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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