What the Social Security Administration Wants to Know About Your Employment History

The Social Security Administration uses the five step sequential evaluation in determining your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.SSA Employment History
At step four they are going to ask whether you can return to the lightest job you have held in the last 15 years. As part of the Social Security Disability application process, you are going to be asked to identify which was your easiest job for you to do now considering your medical problems. They are going to ask you the following questions:

 

  1. In an average work day, how many hours were spent sitting standing or walking?
  2. What is the greatest weight that you had to lift or carry on that job?
  3. How many times per day would you lift or carry that much?
  4. What object weighed that much?
  5. What was the average weight that you had to lift or carry on this job?
  6. How many times per day would you lift or carry that much?
  7. What objects weighed this much?

 

As you can see completing the Social Security Disability application can be time consuming, but it is important that you fill it out correctly. You employed like a Port Richey Plumber ? For a no obligation consultation on your rights to Social Security Disability benefits, contact Sharon Barrett.

 

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.

    If You Have Emphysema and Don’t apply for Social Security Disability Benefits You’ll Hate Yourself Later

    If you suffer from Emphysema, one of the group of diseases known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if you can no longer work.

    Emphysema Social Security Disability Benefits

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    About 17 million people in the United States suffer from COPD, which damages your lung tissues. Because of the damage, air is trapped in your lungs and your body just don’t get enough oxygen.

    If you suffer from Emphysema you might have:

    1. Loss of weight and appetite
    2. Fatigue
    3. A mild chronic cough

    Unfortunately, these symptoms can progress to respiratory problems that are much like the cold or the flu.

    If your physician has told you that you can no longer work because you suffer from Emphysema, you need to immediately apply for Social Security Disability benefits. If those benefits have been denied, you should appeal that denial by contacting St. Petersburg, Social Security Disability attorney, Sharon Barrett, who specializes in representing Emphysema sufferers in their Social Security Disability claims. Give us a call if your claim has been denied at 727-894-3188 today.

    If you don’t apply or even appeal the denial of your Social Security benefits based on Emphysema, you may hate yourself later when you can no longer work and support your family and get the medical treatment you need.

    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 ODAR? Social Security Disability Questions

    ODAR is an acronym. Once your Request for Hearing is received by the Social Security Administration it is forwarded with your file to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review known as ODAR. They will send you a letter confirming receipt of your case and will review it to see whether or not hey can issue a favorable decision without scheduling a hearing. If not, you get to wait in line as your case waits its turn to be prepared for hearing.

    The file is prepared for and reviewed by an administrative law judge and scheduled for a hearing, unfortunately in the Tampa Bay area, this can take almost twenty-four months.

    You will receive notification from ODAR of the hearing date in the mail 20 days in advance and if you have an attorney, such as Social Security Disability benefits denied attorney Sharon Barrett, they will also be notified.

    It is important in this twenty four month period of time that you continue to get medical treatment and that medical records be obtained to document your continuing disability. Sharon Barrett, Tampa Bay area Social Security Disability attorney, monitors the progress of your file within the ODAR office, updates your file with medical records, submitting them to ODAR, and notifies you of the hearing.

    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.

    Listing of Impairments – Musculoskeletal – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney

    Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome and wonder if you might get Social Security Disability benefits?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is compression of the median nerve in your wrist that is caused by repetitive motion. The nerve in the carpal tunnel swells and has no where to go in this tunnel. As a result, you can have tingling, burning, and numbness in your finders, loss of grip strength (which can result in dropping things like coffee cups), locking of your fingers, swelling of your fingers, and worst of all, PAIN! More information on CTS can be found here.

    Guess what? There is no listing for this common condition in the Listing of Impairments. You can click here to see some of the factors that Social Security considers.

    So how do you win a carpal tunnel claim?

    At Hurdle 4 you must show you cannot return to your past relevant work. If you did work that required you to do repetitive hand movements like typing or assembly work, you probably cannot go back to the job you did the last 15 years.

    However that alone will not get you Social Security benefits. Why Because Social Security assumes that you are capable of doing “other work.” What is that?

    Other work is work that you could do as a result of the skills you have learned in the other jobs you have had. It is work you could do based on your and education.

    So how do you win at Hurdle 5 “Other work?” You need to have firm medical evidence of your diagnosis including EMG/NCS testing. And you must have your doctor give a detailed statement about the limitations on you hand dexterity, your ability to lift, your ability to do fine fingering and manipulation, and your ability to use both hands.

    Claims for carpal tunnel are routinely denied at the initial application and reconsideration stage. This type of claim will be tried before an Administrative Law Judge and can be won if the medical evidence is developed properly.

    Order Nancy Cavey’s FREE book on social security disability benefits NOW!

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