Work history plays an important part in any Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim. First, it helps the SSA establish that you’re insured by SSDI in the first place.

It also helps determine the degree of disability you’re suffering from and even whether you’re really “disabled.”

You may be thinking, “Of course I am! My back hurts so much that I can’t get out of bed. How would my work history change that?”

Depending on the kind of work you do, certain injuries can be more debilitating than others. For example, if you work in construction, a toe injury could have a much more severe impact on your ability to work than it would for a typist. In fact if you’re a typist, a toe injury might not have any impact on your day-to-day work, and thus might not qualify you for certain disability benefits. In general, the SSA tries to take those unique situations into account.

The SSA particularly considers the work you’ve done over the past 15 years. So don’t worry: they don’t necessarily assume that if you worked in construction 20 years ago, you could easily go back to that industry today. What they might assume is that if you’ve worked for a long time in a different industry that’s more disability-friendly, perhaps you could successfully return to that industry now.

While each individual situation is different, the SSA is often overworked and quick to deny a claim if they find holes in the application. If your claim is denied, you have 60 days to appeal. To get started, you should really talk with a qualified SSDI attorney and let him or her help you prepare the best case possible so that you’re not denied a second time on benefits you need.

Our firm handles SSDI cases all the time, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 901-327-1212.