The Secret to Getting Your Social Security Disability Earnings Statement

Since 1999, the Social Security Administration has sent Americans each year a detailed earnings statement about their Social Security Disability benefits. These earnings statements have been invaluable to many Americans to help plan for their retirement. But, in March 2011, Commissioner Astro announced that he would suspend the production and mailing of these documents in an effort to save money.

These four page statements are important because they provide detailed records of your individual earning records and provides and estimate of your expected retirement benefits, the amount of Social Security Disability benefits you will receive each month if you become disabled and how much the workers’ family will receive if the worker dies in the coming year.

These statements allow workers’ to check for any errors in their record.

Allegedly, you can receive an estimate of your retirement information using SSA online estimator, but it’s just that, it’s an estimate and more importantly, it doesn’t provide you with a complete earnings record so that you can verify other records are correct.

If your physician has told you that you are unable to work as a result of disability, you might be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for lost wages. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy to get the Social Security Disability benefits that you deserve. If your Social Security Disability benefits have been denied in the Tampa Bay area, contact Social Security Disability Attorney Sharon Barrett, former staff attorney in the Tampa office who can help you cut through the red tape and fight for the Social Security Disability benefits that you deserve.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

Can You Spot the Mistake When You Filled Out the Social Security Disability Application?

At Cavey and Barrett we routinely see mistakes that are made by Social Security Disability applicants on their application. The Social Security Administration is going to disregard any comments you make like “I can’t work”, “No one will hire me”. Rather, they are interested in what is called your functional limitations.

What are functional limitations?

  • Can you sit, stand, bend, twist, walk, do you have to alternate positions?
  • If so, how long can you do any of these actives?
  • Do they interfere with your ability to function? If so, give examples.
  • The Social Security Administration wants proof that you have difficulty functioning that eliminates your ability to hold the lightest job you’ve had in the last 15 years or limits your ability to work in a job that exists in the national economy.

    It is therefore, crucial that you fill out all your Social Security Disability forms accurately.

    Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney, Sharon Barrett, worked for the Social Security Administration as a staff attorney for many years, she reviewed many inaccurate or incomplete Social Security Disability applications who’s claims have been denied. Those denials could have been prevented if the Social Security Disability examiner had been given the right information about functional limitations so that they could make a quick and accurate decision on the Social Security Disability claim.

    For more information on the Social Security Disability claims process and completing your initial application, you can order Cavey and Barrett’s free no obligation guide by filing out the form on the right side of this page.

    If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

    For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

    You Don’t Need to Be a Genius to Understand What the Retroactive Dollar Amount is in an Social Security Disability Case

    Congratulations! You have received a letter from the Social Security office awarding you Social Security Disability benefits, but how much are you going to get? The Social Security Administration will pay you on a monthly basis, but will also pay you for the period time that it took to approve your application.

    You receive a retroactive payment, which is a one time lump sum payment that represents the period time that you were entitled to benefits.

    There is however, a five, four month calendar waiting period before you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. The five month waiting period is mandatory in every Social Security Disability case.

    If you have questions about your Social Security Disability claim, you can call the Law Offices of Cavey and Barrett to schedule a free, no obligation, consultation to learn more about your rights to Social Security Disability benefits and the Social Security Disability claim’s process. Order a free book today, by filing out the form on the right side of this page.

    If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

    For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

    If You Don’t Understand the Basic Things of a Social Security Disability Claim, You’ll Hate Yourself Later When Your Claim is Denied

    The Social Security Disability claims process is daunting, that’s doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply or that you should give up when you have been denied. Rather, every Social Security Disability claim requiresBasics of a Social Security Disability Claim perseverance. But, even before you apply for Social Security Disability there are several basic things we at Cavey and Barrett, your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney’s think you should know:

    Take the time to do it right.

    You are going to have a lot of paper work to complete and this is paperwork that should be taken very seriously. Among the questions that are going to be asked is information about your employment history for the last fifteen years, information about the medical treatment you have received, the medication you are taking, the side effects of the medication and your activities of daily living.

    You might think that just because your doctor says you are disabled that you don’t have to fill out these forms. Absolutely wrong!

    Take the time to accurately and completely gather this information before you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, do it right the first time!

    Even if you do it right the first time, expect a denial at stages one and two. Did I just contradict myself? No, unfortunately, many Social Security Disability applicants are denied at the initial application stage and even at the request for reconsideration stage, despite the fact that they are disabled.

    It is important you understand that you have 60 days in which to appeal your denial and file a request for reconsideration, if not you get to start all over. The same holds true with a request for reconsideration.

    The faster you fill out your request for reconsideration, the faster you will get your second denial, so you can move on to the most important stage in the Social Security Disability case, the application for hearing. Cavey and Barrett know that you have the best chance of being approved at the hearing level, when you have an opportunity to present your case to the administration law judge.

    Getting your medical records.

    At Cavey and Barrett, your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorneys, we get your medical records from your physician and we don’t give up! If your doctor is a little slow in getting your medical records we will make a phone call to them so that we make sure that not only we get your correct medical records but that the Social Security Administration gets those records.

    More importantly, Sharon Barrett, former Social Security Disability staff attorney in the Tampa office, knows the importance of getting your doctor to fill out what is called a residual functional capacity form. This form will help explain any restrictions and limitation your doctor has assigned, your problems with functionality, side effects of medication, and the impact pain has on your ability to function.

    Making financial plans.

    In the Tampa Bay area it can take almost two years to get a Social Security Disability hearing. It is important that you have financial resources to get you through this difficult period. There are circumstances in which we can ask for what is called an expedited hearing. If, for example, your house is being foreclosed on, or your life is threatened because of your disability, we can request an expedited hearing.

    At Cavey and Barrett, we have written the go to guide for Pinellas County and Hillsborough County residences who are thinking about or have applied for Social Security benefits. You can order your free, no obligation copy of our book, Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits.

    If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

    For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

    Can You Spot the Mistake When You Filled Out Your Social Security Disability Application?

    At Cavey and Barrett we routinely see mistakes that are made by Social Security Disability applicants on their application. It is important to disregard any comments you make that “I can’t work”, “No one will hiring me”.Application Mistakes Rather, they are interested in what’s called your functional limitations. What are functional limitations:

    1. Can you sit, can you stand, can you bend, can you twist, can you walk, do you have to alternate positions?  
    2. If so, how often long can you do any of these activities?
    3. Will they interfere with your ability to function? If so, give examples.

     

    The Social Security Administration wants proof that you have difficulty functioning that eliminates your ability to do the lightest job that you’ve had in the last fifteen years or limits your ability to work in a job that exists in the national economy.

    It’s therefore, cruicial that you fill out all your Social Security Disability forms accurately.

    Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney, Sharon Barrett, worked for the Social Security Administration as a staff attorney for many years. She reviewed many inaccurate or incomplete Social Security Disability applications whose claims have been denied. Those denials could have been prevented if the Social Security Disability examiner had been given the right information about functional limitations so that they could make a quick and accurate decision on the Social Security Disability claim.

    For more information on the Social Security Disability claims process, and completing your initial application, you can order Cavey and Barrett’s free no obligation guide Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits.

    If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

    For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

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