How to Handle a Third Party Form

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Third Party Adult Function report is a form they sometimes send to your contact person – this is the person you listed on your application as your contact. Or they may call this person. Or they may do nothing and your contact person may never hear from them.

This form is usually sent out two or three months after you first apply. It is also sometimes used during Continuing Disability Reviews, for people who are already on disability.

The reason Social Security sends out this form is to see what your contact person writes about your daily activities and to see if this is similar to what you and your doctor write. This form is not very important, but in some cases, it can be a small help to your case.

Social Security does not expect (or want) your contact person to be a doctor or give any kind of medical opinion. They are simply asking the person to write down anything they have personally seen that might be helpful. It is a good idea to check in with your contact person and talk about this form.

If your contact person does not know your daily life very well, it is best if they just write “I do not know” for any questions they do not know. For example, your contact person may not be with you in the bathroom when you bathe or brush your hair, so how would they know if you have problems in that area.

It is always best to tell the truth and it is always better to write “I don’t know” then to guess or make something up.

This form can help your case, but it is not a requirement. Your contact person is not required to complete the form and they are not required to answer every question. If you contact person does not respond or leaves some questions blank, this will not be held against you. Social Security may contact you and ask you to remind your contact person about the form, or ask you for the name of another contact person, but they cannot require another person to answer questions about you.

When Social Security reads this form, they are mostly looking to see that what your contact person writes is similar to what you write and to what your doctor writes. This form can be a small help to your case, however, at the end of the day, this form is not the most important thing. The most important thing is your medical records.

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