Obtain functional information for adult claims from the interview form, the medical
and other evidence, and directly from the claimant. These sources may provide sufficient
information for the evaluation of the claim. Additional information, if necessary,
can come from third parties.
In seeking information, consider the effects the manifestation itself may have on
the claimant's ability to adequately report his or her limitations. The claimant's
manifestations may also affect the accuracy of what he or she reports as functional
limitations. For example, if neurological manifestations are alleged, such as memory
loss or confusion, it may make providing information difficult or impossible for the
claimant. In these cases, it is important to obtain information from third parties,
such as family members, social workers, or medical providers, to get an adequate picture
of the claimant's ability to function.
REMEMBER: You need only ask for information that is necessary for the adjudication of the case.
For example, if the evidence is sufficient to show marked impairment in at least one
functional area for adults, you need not develop the other two areas.