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Author Topic: An important thing to review when filing  (Read 14200 times)

Trajector Media

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An important thing to review when filing
« on: May 25, 2010, 03:04:06 pm »
Before you decide to apply for disability I would highly suggest getting a copy of your Social Security statement.  It is a record of your earnings for all the time you have worked.  It also estimates your benefit amount. 

The reason it is important to get a copy of this is because this decides how much you will earn on disability.  It is important to correct any discrepancies prior to applying for benefits.  I have linked the page where you can order your statement online.  You can also go to your local office and request it. 

http://www.ssa.gov/mystatement/
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Criszilla

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2012, 05:27:36 am »
I did this on the same day I filed.  Now I just have to check it to make sure it is accurate.  Good times...  :Main19:
« Last Edit: August 31, 2012, 03:40:41 pm by Criszilla »

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 05:48:07 pm »
I did this and my online statement says Estimated benefits: Not Available, though it lists my last reported earnings and let's me view my earnings record. I Googled this and found a page from SSA stating that your estimated benefits will not be provided if you don't qualify (which totally freaked me out) then I saw on the "Help Center" page that it also won't be available if you have an initial claim or pending appeal which I assume refers to a disability application. Wish I would have done this before I applied, good info!

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2012, 10:59:33 am »
Hi Mel,

you are right, I tried doing it while I was waiting for a reply on my initial application and could not get it.  However, I did it a few days after my denial came in and was able to get it.

Marie
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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2012, 12:00:11 pm »
Hi All , I went to SSA office to get my statement because my Advocate wanted to know my last date insured during my visit the lady at the office asked what will be your onset date and i will give you your estimate of what your ssdi will be , so i told her last day worked and she gave me my estimate . then when i applied my Advocate / Rep said the system says i allready started my claim because notes were in system with a onset date . strange huh .SSA saves everything  :Main01:

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2012, 12:10:37 pm »
Thats strange.   I waited a year to apply, feeling like I would try to go back
 to work in some way but my statement amount decreased by $80 during that time.   It could have been worse, I suppose, but I am glad it is only that much and not more.   I had my last paper statement january 2010, a year before I filed which didn't include 2010 earnings.   Moral of the story, file as soon as you become disabled!!!
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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2012, 12:13:20 am »
Hi , To all the newbies here , i just want to say , if you just read all the post her before you file you will be alot beter off before you file, i used a advocate it helps , but get it done right the first time , why put yourself through all the wait , ask questions before you file :Main01:

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2012, 02:30:24 pm »
I have a question, I know I have heard that when you get denied you should appeal which I'm doing something bc I wont give up BUT if I have to appeal & have to wait 1 or 2 years for a court date, wouldnt it be better to start all over & apply again now that I have all the knowledge that I didnt have when I applied so it only take a few months for a response??
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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2012, 02:59:02 pm »
You also run the chance of being denied again and losing your right to all of your back pay.  You also need to be careful that you are still insured on the date you reapply. 
I speak from experience not expertise.

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2012, 05:40:13 pm »
to Whatapain...

I looked into finding an advocate just so I had someone to help make sure I did this right. These forms are like exams and make me anxious, like test fright or something.

also, I did look at my social security amounts listing what I've paid in over they years. they send a letter every year so I have it too. In the interview/intake or whatever it was, the man asked if I'd looked at it. I thought that was funny since I do get a letter listing it. He mentioned my income the one year being a good income....it's not now. :(
maybe he was goign to explain if I had not seen it.
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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 09:13:48 pm »
 The last statement I received was in 2010  and it told me I'd be eligible for $943 a  month  but I've worked 2 years since that last statement was printed is there a chance it has increased or decreased..  even stayed the same?
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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2015, 09:22:07 pm »
there is always a chance for everything...go on your ssa website and look at your setment information

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Re: An important thing to review when filing
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2015, 02:29:14 am »
Before you decide to apply for disability I would highly suggest getting a copy of your Social Security statement.  It is a record of your earnings for all the time you have worked.  It also estimates your benefit amount. 

The reason it is important to get a copy of this is because this decides how much you will earn on disability.  It is important to correct any discrepancies prior to applying for benefits.  I have linked the page where you can order your statement online.  You can also go to your local office and request it. 

http://www.ssa.gov/mystatement/

Thanks! I just got mine.

Atticus   :Main05: