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.

Do You Know the Mistakes that You Can Make in Your Social Security Disability Fibromyalgia Claim?

In a Social Security Disability Fibromyalgia claim, you can make common mistakes. Read this to better prepare your claim.You may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. However, the Social Security Disability process can be overwhelming. Many Social Security Disability applicants who have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue make a number of mistakes in their claims. These include:

1. Failing to be aware of Social Security ruling 99-2p.

This ruling acknowledges that chronic fatigue syndrome is a medically determinable impairment. It describes the various findings that can establish the diagnosis. You should get a copy of this rule and review your medical records to make sure that your clinical notes and reports of your doctor describe the various findings that can establish the diagnosis.

2. Failing to obtain and review your medical records can be fatal to your claim. The focus in a Fibromyalgia claim is on the medical evidence- the treating physician’s clinical findings, office notes and reports of your condition.

You have to supply objective proof of the existence of the disease and the severity of your symptoms.

3. Failing to develop the medical and lay evidence and their impact on your ability to perform work activity. Many Social Security Disability applicants forget that the focus really is on function.

You doctor’s notes should reflect any complaints you have about fatigue, pain, problems with concentration and your inability to perform routine daily activities like housework, shopping or visiting family or friends.

You can avoid making these common mistakes in your fibromyalgia Social Security Disability claim by understanding the Social Security Disability claims process and working with an experienced chronic fatigue | fibromyalgia disability attorney such as Sharon Barrett who represents applicants in the Kenneth City, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach area. Use the contact form to contact us today to help with your claim!

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.

What is Substantial Work and the Role is Plays in My Social Security Disability Process?

Substantial work is defined by Social Security rules as “physical and mental work that you’re paid to do by your employer. Work can be substantial even if you are doing it on a partSubstantial Work time basis.” The Social Security Administration looks at the kinds of job duties you are doing, your skills and experience you need to do the job and most importantly: how much you actually make.

The Social Security Administration will find that work is substantial if you have gross earning of $830 per month.

You may be self-employed. If so, the Social Security Administration considers the time and value of your work, including your role in the management of the business in deciding whether or not your work is substantial.

This does become an issue in Social Security Disability cases and Sharon Barrett, your Sarasota and Pinellas County Social Security Disability attorney can help you with any problems involving substantial gainful activity defense. Use the contact form on this website to contact us today to help you with your Social Security Disability claims process.

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.

Are There Any Ways my Social Security Benefits Can Be Reduced? Social Security Benefits

Yes, your Social Security Disability benefits can be reduced if:

  1. You receive other government benefits.
  2. You receive Workers’ Compensation disability benefits.
  3. You have a pension from a federal, state or local government based on work where you didn’t pay Social Security or taxes.

If you have any questions about how your Social Security Disability benefits may be reduced contact Cavey and Barrett, your Pinellas and Hillsborough County Social Security Disability experts

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.

Am I entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for Depression?

If your doctor has diagnosed you with depression, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, not all doctors are willing to support a claim for Social Security Disability benefits because they think it’s better for people who are depressed to work rather than to collect disability benefits.

If your doctor will not support your claim for Social Security Disability benefits as a result of depression, it may be necessary to change treating physicians.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at www.caveylaw.com or give us a call at 727-894-3188.

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