When you file a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, there will be many forms to fill out.
One of these is the Function Report. What is the purpose of this form and what kind of information does the Social Security Administration (SSA) ask you to provide?
Expecting the form
Once you begin the SSD claim process, the SSA will send you forms to complete. Among these are the Disability Report, the Work History Report and the Function Report. Taking the latter as an example, the SSA will carefully review what you write and compare that with what your doctor has written in your medical records. The Function Report provides information as to the illness, injury or condition behind your request for SSD benefits and how it limits your abilities and activities.
Answering the questions
The Function Report is 10 pages long. A few of the many questions concern:
- Where you live
- How your illness, injury or condition limits your ability to work
- Whether you prepare your own meals
- How often you go outside
- Whether you take care of another person or a pet
The SSA instructions include printing or typing your answers. You must not leave any answers blank, and you must not ask a doctor to complete the form.
Making a decision
The SSA reviews a great deal of information about you and the illness, injury or condition that prevents you from working. You should complete the forms the SSA sends with legal guidance to ensure you make no errors. In completing forms such as the Function Report according to instructions, you better your chances of the SSA approving your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.