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Author Topic: Filing still working part time  (Read 2537 times)

Keeper

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Filing still working part time
« on: April 09, 2010, 01:28:22 am »
Hello Everyone,
 
   I cannot afford to completely stop working while I wait for Social Security to decide if I am disabled enough to meet their criteria.  I filled out their 10 Physical and Mental conditions real fast. I have an 11th one to put down-Depression.  I am getting depressed while I wait.  I have Function Reports to fill out for the Social Security Office and I don't know how to do them.  Do I fill them out like I can do the jobs still or do I fill them out like I can't do the jobs.  The only reason that I could do the jobs while I was there was because of the other people that worked with me.
    I have the type of personality that makes people want to help me out so my coworkers did all the things that I could not do so I could keep my job.  As you can see, I am well spoke, so I filled out alot of our reports so we all benefitted from the deal.  I could never have that same group of people to work with.  I could never get SS to understand that.  It doesn't ask that sort of questions.
   I have to get back to my Function Reports.  I am like the White Rabbit, "I'm late, I'm late!".  
   Take care,

     ~Keeper
« Last Edit: April 09, 2010, 01:36:36 am by Keeper »

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Re: Filing still working part time
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010, 02:04:52 pm »
Keeper,
     
I think there are a few things you mention here that might concern Social Security a bit in regards to your claim.   

Firstly, the fact that you are continuing to work could be an issue for a couple of reasons.  One, you cannot earn over $1000. a month or that is considered substantial gainful activity and makes you ineligible for benefits.  The other issue to consider is that if you continue to work you are showing you are able to do alot of the things that Disability looks at when they deny a case such as:  working with others, working a set schedule, handling stress, basically anything that is required of someone working a job. 

The other thing to look at is if you are earning close to the $1000. how many more hours would you need to work to make over that amount and why couldn't you add a couple more hours a week if that is all it would take?  Also, if you try to limit your earnings to just below the $1000 that can be obvious to Disability as well. 

Disability is an all in thing.  You can't be partially disabled.  You either are or you aren't.  I know it is a financial strain on people that is the biggest problem with this system.  It took me over 3 years to get approved and it was a struggle but unfortunately that is the way things worked out for me and alot of people on this forum. 

I know you mention that your coworkers help you out alot in your job however unless your employer is aware of it and willing to document this for your case I don't think that Social Security will really consider this when they look at your claim. 

These are just some things I would be thinking about if I were you.  I wish there was an easier answer but there really isn't. 
I speak from experience not expertise.

Doc76013

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Re: Filing still working part time
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010, 04:05:03 pm »
Hello Everyone,
 
   I cannot afford to completely stop working while I wait for Social Security to decide if I am disabled enough to meet their criteria.  I filled out their 10 Physical and Mental conditions real fast. I have an 11th one to put down-Depression.  I am getting depressed while I wait.  I have Function Reports to fill out for the Social Security Office and I don't know how to do them.  Do I fill them out like I can do the jobs still or do I fill them out like I can't do the jobs.  The only reason that I could do the jobs while I was there was because of the other people that worked with me.
    I have the type of personality that makes people want to help me out so my coworkers did all the things that I could not do so I could keep my job.  As you can see, I am well spoke, so I filled out alot of our reports so we all benefitted from the deal.  I could never have that same group of people to work with.  I could never get SS to understand that.  It doesn't ask that sort of questions.
   I have to get back to my Function Reports.  I am like the White Rabbit, "I'm late, I'm late!". 
   Take care,

     ~Keeper

Keeper,
     I went to the social security website and copied the following information, keep in mind that social security disability is total and complete disability, it is not meant nor will be granted unless and until the following has been proven.

The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.

"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

    * You cannot do work that you did before;
    * We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
    * Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability. Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during periods of short-term disabilities, including workers' compensation, insurance, savings and investments.

Many of the members including my wife had to stop working due to disability,  she was off work over a year before filing in hopes that things would be better. Also the advocacy we used told both of us that IF she was working for any amount of money for any job part or full time that she would not be represented by the group we used. I do not mean to burst your bubble however as stated if you can work then you are not disabled. Work is ANY work that earns money, the example above is merely for those already drawing and is used as a guide for social security to use to call for a CDE (continuing disability examination).  Other work under the rules is just that ANY work, it is not defined by how much you make.

I know many folks that have filed and tried to work and the end result was denial, I do wish you the best however I do not want to cloud you with hope that may not happen.  You may choose to further investigate the social security website for information and talk to any and all that are involved in the system, also you may want to speak with an advocacy group that usually has a free consultation for the first visit. After that then decide if the path for you is to file.

I wish you well and I wish you peace

Doc

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Re: Filing still working part time
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 03:09:17 pm »
Like someone else said you can't earn over $1,000 after exoenses.
As for the function report complete it in as much detail as possible.  It takes a long time but providing an excess of information gives SSDI more oppportunities to understand your disability and approve your claim.  
Good luck
« Last Edit: April 10, 2010, 04:40:40 pm by SSDAdmin »