If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits in New Jersey, you will need to fill out the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) questionnaire. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses your responses to evaluate how severely your disability affects your life—how well you can engage in activities like getting dressed, grooming yourself, cooking, shopping, cleaning, doing laundry, mowing the lawn and driving.
Applicants for Social Security Disability benefits are likely to receive this form at some point after sending their initial application. The disability examiner will rely on your responses to determine whether your medical condition truly precludes you from working. The questionnaire is a 22-question form called form SSA-3373, or the Function Report. Some specific questions on the form include:
- How often do you go outside?
- Do you spend time with others?
- Describe what you do from the time you wake up until going to bed.
Applicants should answer these questions as truthfully and thoroughly as possible. Remember to fully emphasize the side effects of your medical condition, painting a full picture of how much your disability impacts your routine daily activities.
The SSA will also request that you list third-party references. You should let these people know that you have listed them as reference so that they can be prepared when Social Security contacts them for more information. Let them know about your claim, your disability and describe to them how it impacts your ability to function. The disability examiner may send your references an eight-page form called a “third party function report.” The questions will be basically the same questions that you were asked on your own ADL questionnaire. If your answers conflict in any way with those given by your friends or family, your claim could be in jeopardy.
New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Can Help You Properly Fill Out Your ADL Questionnaire
If you are having difficulty filling out your disability forms or have questions, an experienced New Jersey Social Security Disability lawyer at Shebell & Shebell can help. We have successfully assisted countless clients get the disability benefits they are entitled to. Properly filling out your ADL questionnaire is critical to the success of your claim. We serve clients throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Keansburg, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Union Beach and Neptune. For a free consultation, call us at 732-532-2011 or contact us online today.