How do you document or prove you have a special occupation
OK, here’s the situation. During the disability process you find yourself in a situation where you need to work. However you know that you have some problems and limitations so you’re not sure if you’re gonna be able to find anything. So what ends up happening is that you want to cross someone gives you the opportunity to work part time and they are willing to work around your problems. You’re not making very much money and you’re only working a few hours a week. Now you’re at the hearing level and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to explain to the Social Security Administration judge that even though you’re working you’re not really working the way you used to. Which are ultimately trying to do is to determine if the court will understand that you’re working a job under special circumstances. However, you need to understand that just because you say you’re working under the circumstances, the court may need some more information or documentation in order to support your statement.
Here are A few things that you should probably try:
1. Ask your employer if they’re willing to write a statement about your limitations. You’re not asking your employer to be a doctor for you but what you really want to do is to get a statement from your supervisor or employer that backs up what you say about your special situation.
2. If you’re working and you employer does not accommodate you but you’re missing a lot of days, bring in documentation of your absences.
3. If you’ve been written up or discipline, bring a copy of your disciplinary action.
All these things may seem trivial but the reality is the court doesn’t always have the luxury of just relying solely on your word when it comes to these things so you want to be able to demonstrate to the court that you are working under a set of circumstances that are not normally available to other employees. If you find that you’ve been disciplined or you’re missing days, Do you want to provide as much information as possible to demonstrate that your circumstances are different from the average employee and most importantly, if you have a vocational expert in that hearing you want to be able to have information so the expert can render an opinion about whether your circumstances are unique and not for the average employer.