Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Importance of Your Earnings Record in your Disability Claim

Did you know?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a record of your earnings in San Diego covered under Social Security. SSA records are evidence of the amount of your earnings and the periods they were received. SSA uses these records to determine your eligibility. These records are the only count of your work history considered with your disability application. Interested in filing a claim? -Save time by knowing whether your information is accurately reflected for every year.

How do I find out what my earnings record shows?

There are three ways to request statements (1) write (2) call or (3) visit the SSA office. It’s that simple! You or your legal representative can get a statement of your earnings. If you have a social security number and wages or net earnings, you can also request an earnings statement that will include an estimate of the potential monthly disability benefits. You will also get a description of the benefits payable under the Medicare program.

When you request a statement of your earnings, SSA will ask you to complete a prescribed form. Simply provide the relevant information (name, social security number, date of birth, and sex).

What kind of information is in the Records?

The statement of your earnings and benefit estimates will contain the following information:

  1. Social security taxed earnings from the date of your request;
  2. Estimate of the social security/ Medicare insurance taxes paid on your earnings
  3. The number of credits you have for both social security and Medicare hospital insurance purposes, and the number you need to be eligible for social security and Medicare hospital insurance coverage
  4. Statement stating if you meet the credit requirement, and whether you are eligible for Medicare hospital insurance coverage;
  5. Estimates of the disability benefits potentially payable;
  6. Description of coverage under the Medicare program;
  7. Reminder of your right to request a correction of your earnings record;
  8. Notice that an updated statement is available on request.

If errors exist in the records how do I correct them?

File a request for a correction with any SSA local office. The request should:

  • Be in writing and state that the record is incorrect.
  • Signed by you
  • State the questionable period
  • Describe any available evidence showing the error

An earnings record is essential for your eligibility. SSA reviewers rely on this to confirm the date you stopped working. Don’t cheat yourself of valuable benefits or prolong the application process with misinformation. Request a copy of your earning records from your local Social Security office today!

The best way to ensure that your claim is handled properly is to hire an attorney. Your disability attorney will stay on top of all paperwork and requests from Social Security and make sure that all your medical records have been received. For more information, visit us at www.socialsecuritylaw.com.

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