Three Things to Know About an Adult Disability Report (Form 3368)

Three Things to Know About an Adult Disability Report (Form 3368)

Adult Disability Report & Medical Documentation
What is the Adult Disability Report (Form 3368)?

If you have experienced an illness or injury that is disabling, then you might be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). To find out if you qualify, you will need to apply. Applying can take some time since it does require a lot of information.

The Social Security Administration will require concrete evidence that you are suffering from the condition you say you have and that it is, in fact, disabling–and that it will prevent you from being able to work for at least a year.

This requires a lot of medical documentation, but the main document you will need to fill out is the adult disability report (Form 3368).

1. What is an Adult Disability Report?

The Adult Disability Report has a few different names. It’s often referred to as the Pain and Function Report, but it’s more formal name is Form 3368. Essentially, it’s the form in which you explain the nature of your disability. Required information you need to provide includes:

  • An explanation of your disability;
  • Whether your impairments are physical or mental;
  • When your symptoms began (also referred to as the onset date);
  • What type of medical treatment you have received;
  • Where you received your medical treatment;
  • An accurate description of your symptoms;
  • An accurate and thorough medical history;
  • How your condition prevents you from being able to work; and,
  • How your condition prevents any type of work.

Once you’ve filled out your Adult Disability Report, it will be forwarded from the Social Security Administration to Disability Determination Services. There, your Adult Disability Report will be used by your disability claims examiner to begin evaluating your claim.
The more accurate and thorough your report is, the quicker your case will move through the system. Any inaccuracies or missing information will require the claims examiner to follow up with you, which slows down the approval process. When this happens, your case could be delayed by months.

2. Where Can You Get an Adult Disability Report?

Getting an adult disability report to fill out isn’t difficult. You can go to the nearest Social Security Administration office and request a form there. Or, you can go online to the Social Security Administration website where it is included in the main disability application.

Additionally, you can print the Adult Disability Report form to fill it out and send to the Social Security Administration as part of your application. When you do so, make sure you include your address (including zip code) and your phone number.

3. How do You Fill Out an Adult Disability Report?

The following are a few tips that will help ensure that you fill out your Adult Disability Report correctly and accurately, thereby helping to prevent potential delays in your application process:

  • Before you begin, gather all your medical and work history. The Adult Disability Report will ask specific questions regarding dates, addresses, and phone numbers, that you may not know off the top of your head.
  • Don’t leave anything blank. If there’s a question that you don’t know, do not leave it blank. Instead, write “don’t know.” You can also write “none” or “does not apply” if it’s appropriate. Leaving it blank is likely going to delay your application as your claims examiner will need to find out why it was left blank.
  • Use Section 11-Remark if you need extra space to respond to a question or prompt. Just remember that if you use this section, you make sure to mark your response with the number of the question you’re answering.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable filling out the form on your own, feel free to ask for help from friends or family. You can also go to your local Social Security Administration office to seek help from one of their representatives.

It’s important that you provide as much accurate information as possible. It’s why you should consider looking for professional guidance when filling out your Adult Disability Report to help boost your chances of being approved the first time around. Schedule a free consultation at Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling us at 602) 952-3200 today.

 

 

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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