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completing SSA'S ADL Form

The Activities of Daily Living Form is one of many of the SSA’s forms. Are you wondering how to fill out SSA’s “Activities of Daily Living Form?” Every claimant who files an application for benefits has to fill out this form. At first, it appears that the questions are easy. After all, the questions are about what you do every day. However, many people struggle to complete the form. We can help you fill out this form correctly.

When completing SSA’S ADL Form, remember that the SSA is reading this form to determine if the activities you are doing coincide with your disability. This means fill the form out as to how you are physically and mentally doing now. Not how you were in the past when you could work.

The form is not a questionnaire about your past accomplishments. It is not a resume or a chance for you to tell others how you used to do things. You are not applying for a job, so don’t treat your answers like you would at a job interview. The form is about your current limitations. When answering the questions, keep in mind your current physical and mental symptoms. If you don’t write about your limitations, the SSA will use your answers to prove that you can work.


There are many questions on the ADL form. Most of the questions are about what you do all day. For example, do you cook, shop, clean, or help your children do homework? Whatever you state you do on the form is also what the SSA will believe you can do at work. If you can drive to the store, you can drive to work. If you can clean your house, perhaps you can be a housekeeper.

For example, there is a question asking about your hobbies. It will ask you to list your hobbies. However, the SSA doesn’t actually want to know about your hobbies like a friend or a family member does. Be careful how you answer this question. Do not answer the question by writing down the hobbies you used to do. People are always answering the question by listing things like hiking, hunting, or riding horses. They will write these things down even though they haven’t done them in years. Those may have been your hobbies in the past. But if you can no longer do these things, then don’t write them down.

Instead, simply say your Social Security Disability prevents you from doing your old hobbies. For example, if you have a back condition, you can no longer ride horses, ski, hike, or hunt, but if you write those items down as your hobby, the SSA will believe you can still do those things. If you can still ski, hike, hunt or ride ATV’s, then you can probably still work. That is what the SSA will think. Keep that in mind.


Another smart thing to include in your ADL form is if you need help doing daily chores. For example, if someone in your family drives you to the store or needs to shop for you because you cannot lift, then write that down. If a friend does your laundry because you can’t carry it, then put that on the form. The form is about what you cannot do anymore because of your disability, not about what you used to be able to do. For further tips or questions on completing the ADL form, call us. Or, contact Cannon Disability Law. We can help you win your disability benefits.

Other crucial things to include on the SSA form is whether you need a cane or walker. These items are called assistive devices. If you have a shower chair or have installed bars in your shower or bathtub, you could include that on the form. Sometimes people with disabilities have special chairs that help them stand up or they spend the day in a recliner. Write that down. Did you have to install a ramp to your front door? Or, did you have to buy a new car because you can no longer drive a stick shift? Include that information on the form. Did you have to buy a new house because you needed a house that was all on one level with no stairs? Write it down on the form.


If you lose a copy of your ADL form, you can find it on the SSA website. If you contact our office, we can also provide you a copy. Likewise, you can pick up a paper copy at the local Social Security office near your home. Failure to complete the form will delay your case.

Cannon Disability Law cannot complete your ADL form for you. However, we can answer your questions about SSA’s forms and help you understand the questions. The SSA forms are the same in every state. Whether you live in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, or California, you will be sent the same form as every person who applies for benefits. Try to remember that the SSA is evaluating whether or not you can work, despite your disability.

When they read your answers to their questions, they are wondering if you can work an eight hour day, forty hours a week. If you can no longer hike or go on long walks, make sure you tell the SSA. If you can’t lift more than 10 pounds, due to back pain or some other impairment, make sure you write that down. The SSA is not interested in what you used to do. They only care about what you can or can’t do now.


When you hire us, we will help you file your application. Also, we will help you complete SSA’s paperwork. The SSA will probably deny your case, because the SSA denies the majority of cases, but we will appeal for you. Our legal team understands the law and knows the difficulties you are facing. We have won over $100 million in ongoing and past-due SSDI and SSI disability benefits for our clients. Although we can’t guarantee we will win your case, we will do our very best to help you through the disability process.

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We will use our skills to help you through the disability process. One of the things we know how to help you with is completions of the activities of daily living form. We also can help you complete SSA’s other forms. For example, there is a Work Activity Form. Also, there is the SSA application form. You may also receive other forms about specific impairments. It is our goal to win your case. But, it also our goal to make it easier for you. We offer a free consultation. There is no obligation to become a client if you call. You can simply ask questions. We will answer. Even if we don’t accept representation in your case, we will still try to help you.


It also doesn’t cost you any money to hire us. Because you only pay us an attorney fee if we win your case. This is a contingency fee. It means if we win, you pay us out of your back benefits. If you do not win, you do not pay an attorney fee. How much is the fee? It is 25% of your back benefit. Also, the fee is capped at $7200. You never pay more than the cap. And, 25% is usually less than the $7200 cap. You will pay the lesser amount between the two and only if you win benefits.

If there are costs in your case, then you pay for those costs. But the costs are usually less than $100. Usually the only cost is to pay for medical records. You owe costs whether we win or lose your case. Again, attorney fees are paid from your back benefit. But, to hire most lawyers, you have to pay a fee upfront. However, you can’t do that because you don’t have a job. We understand that. Which is why you only pay an attorney fee to us if we win your SSDI and SSI case. Contact us today to hire a disability attorney with the experience to deal with the SSA.

Also, we bring over 30 years of legal experience to your disability case. For instance, Dianna Cannon has been helping SSD & SSI claimants with their cases for over thirty years. Brett Bunkall is admitted to the Idaho State Bar and has many years experience as a lawyer. Also, Andria Summers has legal experience representing thousands of claimants. Together, we have won over 20,000 disability hearings. You can trust that we will do everything we can to win your SSD and SSI benefits. We will help you fill out the activities of daily living form.


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