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Importance of a Disability Benefit Applicant’s Work History

Friday, July 8th, 2011

In order to determine eligibility for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) uses a multi-step process. Several of the SSA’s goals are to determine whether an applicant is working, how disabled he or she is and whether the applicant might be able to perform another type of work. Disabled Americans considering filing for SSDI or SSI may wish to consult a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer before beginning the process.

Work history is one of the first things that an SSA employee examines about an applicant, starting with present employment status. Generally, if applicants currently make more than $1,000 a month, they will not be eligible for disability benefits.

SSA staff will then examine an applicant’s work history and weigh the disabilities from which the applicant is suffering. The SSA will consider how much mobility and other physical movement an applicant’s past work requires, as well as other factors like the type of work conditions and what type of tasks the disability might impact. For example, a construction worker who is unable to walk unassisted would not likely be able to return to working on construction sites.

If an applicant cannot return to his or her original line of work, the SSA will consider how likely other alternatives are. It will consider factors like education, skills from past jobs and age to determine whether an applicant is suitable for another type of work. Additional details on how a disability applicant’s work history impacts his or her application for SSDI or SSI benefits are available from a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney.

Is Work History Reason for Your Social Security Disability Denial?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

According to the Social Security Administration, about three in ten applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance are denied benefits for non-medical reasons. The most technical, non-medical reason for initial denial of a claim is lack of work history documentation needed for eligibility.

Your disability representative can help you avoid these paperwork errors by collecting work history data and detailing all of your previous responsibilities.
Work history is an important factor in SSDI applications, as it can make a difference in qualifying for disability based on the type of work you’ve done in your past and how it will affect eligibility for SSDI benefits. Most importantly, you must have worked long enough and recently enough to be eligible to apply for SSDI.

Recent SSA data in the Annual Statistical Report on SSDI showed that more than 700,000 technical denials were issued in 2008. The federally mandated insurance program that taxpayers and employers fund is used to provide monthly income to those who have experienced a severe disability and are unable to work for 12 months or longer, or those with a terminal condition. In 2008, 2.2 million applicants supplied information necessary to apply for SSDI. Out of those applicants, 700,000 received technical denials based on non-medical issues such as lack of documentation and insufficient work history details.
Work history documentation should include dates of employment, company details, but also all duties performed and work performed that you cannot do now, among other helpful details to help support your disability claim.

Social Security’s Webinar Discusses Disability Benefits for Young Workers

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

According to the Social Security Administration, a recently webinar hosted by the agency introduced what Social Security is doing for young workers under 30, and where their 4.2 percent of payroll tax will do in 2011. The agency outlined the following benefits for young Americans currently earning paychecks.

Social Security Disability Insurance
SSDI is a program available to individuals who have become injured or developed a medical condition that renders them unable to return to work. SSDI is based on an applicant’s work history and payments may be available after 6 months. According to a Social Security public affairs specialist, 3 in 10 of today’s 20 year old’s will become disabled before age 67. In case this would happen, SSDI would pay monthly benefits to workers and their families.

Survivors’ Insurance
Many young Americans are starting families. Should they die and leave behind children under the age of 18, their children may qualify for monthly benefit payments. The same survivor’s benefits may be available to spouses and are based on certain annual limits. According to the Social Security Administration, 1 in 7 individuals currently age 20 will die before age 67.

During the webinar, many 20-something workers expressed concerns about Social Security’s current budget and estimated payment resources until the end of 2037. After that, without sufficient changes made to the program, there will only be enough surplus to pay 75 percent of scheduled benefits. According to the Social Security public affairs specialist who hosted the seminar, the program will continue to receive payroll taxes from millions and millions of Americans in the work force and will not be broke.

Work History Affects Your Social Security Disability Claim

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Social Security Administration reviews an individual’s work history and tasks performed on the job before making a determination that the individual is unable to return to work. Many applicants receive letters denying them of Social Security benefits because they did not fill out their work history properly or the information provided suggests they are able to meet the description of the work they have done in the past.

The Social Security Administration asks for titles of all your jobs in the past 15 years and they require descriptions and job duties for each title. Some individuals make the mistake of listing a job title but no detailed description of tasks performed on the job, this makes it even easier for the SSA to deny a claim.

Here are a few items to write down in detail when compiling a work history list:

Dates worked, including month and year.

Main responsibilities of your job(s) and main tasks performed.

Number of hours a day worked per week.

Rate of pay received, list if it is by hour or salary.

All tools, machines and equipment used to perform tasks.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required by the job title. List any certifications or training received that directly relate to the job title.

Extend or supervision and amount of independent judgment used.

Objects that you had to lift and carry, and approximately how much those object weighed.

How much you had to sit, stand, climb, stoop, kneel, walk, crouch or crawl.

How you used your arms, hand and legs.

Speaking, hearing and vision requirements of your job tasks, this includes any safety precautions while on the job.

Environmental conditions and hazards of your workplace.

Besides a detailed work history, the SSA will ask about how and when your medical condition started affecting your work. When did you become unable to perform duties and tasks assigned and if this was directly caused by your medical condition?