Sample Disability Letters from Friends, Family, Employers & Doctors


Art by Robin Mead and Elizabeth D’Angelo. Updated: 7/1/19

Letters from Doctors

Collecting letters or forms from your doctors is one of the most helpful and most important things you can do for your disability case:

Letters From Employers

Some people collect letters or workplace files from current or past employers. Although this is not required, is some cases it can lend support to your application:

Letters from Friends, Family & Caregivers

It is also possible to collect support letters from family or other caregivers. Again, these types of letters are not as important as writing from your doctor, but in some cases they may help support your application.

Letters from Case Workers and Social Workers

A caseworker can be a good source of support for your application. Sadly, most case workers are not trained in how to improve disability applications. Happily, there are some special forms you can bring them:

Third Party Function Forms

At some point in the process, Social Security may ask you for the names of people who know about your daily life. This usually happens shortly after you first apply. Your contact people my be sent a third party function form: How to Handle an Adult Function Report Third Party

What Matters Most?

Letters, forms and records from doctors are the most important thing! If you have limited energy, focus on this first: How to Work with Your Doctor to Get Great Documentation


Missing and lost documents are common at Social Security. Even our readers with lawyers sometimes report that their most important documents never made it to the person making the decision. Please double check all your important documents. How to submit.

What Do You Think? 

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2 thoughts on “Sample Disability Letters from Friends, Family, Employers & Doctors”

  1. I feel like I have just simply stumbled upon a gold mine of information pertaining to social security and so much more accurate information to read and follow. Thank you.


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