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SSDI: Guidelines For Applying For Benefits

Your Personnel File At Work

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Check files of your current and past employers for any evidence that backs up your claim that you are disabled for Social Security purposes. For example, look for:

  • Statements about how your health effected your work 
  • Poor job evaluations 
  • Warning letters regarding your performance 
  • Lists of days you did not show up for work 
  • Times when you didn't get your job done.

To learn how to get a copy of your personnel file, see: Getting Your Personnel File At Work

If the file backs up your claim, make a copy to submit to Social Security. If it doesn't, there is no reason to submit it unless you are asked specifically.

NOTE: When looking through your file, keep in mind that good job evaluations can be used to back-up a claim that you were good at your work, enjoyed it, and would go back to it if your health permitted. Just because you used to get good job evaluations, does not mean that you are not disabled now.

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