Part of your Social Security disability case centers around your past relevant work experience. In this article, an Augusta Social Security disability attorney explains what that is and how it is approached in your testimony.
Past Relevant Work
Your Augusta Social Security disability attorney defines past relevant work as work that you have done for a sufficient period of time for you to become proficient at it, that can be considered substantial gainful activity and that you have performed within the past 15 years.
Your Augusta Social Security disability attorney may prepare you to answer questions similar to the following concerning the work you have performed for the 15 years before the last date that you were insured or the date of adjudication, whichever came first.
Your Augusta Social Security Disability Attorney Will Require the Following Information Concerning Your Employment History:
- Who you worked for
- When you worked there and for how long
- Your job title and the duties you performed
- Whether the job was full- or part-time
- The degree of proficiency you were able to achieve during the time you worked there and whether or not you obtained the facility needed for average performance
- How much you were paid (this information reinforces your skill level and establishes whether or not the position qualified as substantial gainful activity)
- Why you left your employer
- How your impairment affected your attendance and performance (if your condition cost you time away from work, prevented you from doing your best work, required alterations in your schedule or work load)
Your Augusta Social Security Disability Lawyer Will Prepare You for the Following Questions Concerning the Level of Exertion Required of You:
- The average to heaviest weight you were required to lift or carry
- What you had to lift or carry that weighed this much
- Distance that you were expected to carry it
- Hours in the day spent sitting, standing or walking
- Whether you were required to do any crawling, climbing (ladders or stairs), balancing or bending?
For Help or More Information
Your Augusta Social Security disability attorney is well-placed to help you prepare for your hearing. If you are facing this situation, contact us today.