Friday, August 29, 2014

Get details about your future social security benefits:

A great way to keep up with the fruits of your labor is by opening a my Social Security account at With a personal account, you can check your earnings record, get your Social Security Statement for details about your future benefits, and much more.
Details about your future social security benefits:

And Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Social Security Board of Trustees: No Change in Projected Year of Trust Fund Reserve Depletion!/post/7-2014-2

From "Official Social Security Website"
The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77 percent of benefits still payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, also unchanged from last year's estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Age sometimes matters...

Email Received:
Describe why you cannot work and tell us what questions you have here:
I have carpoul tunel, tendnites, and arthrites in both arms and hands, along with my middle finger on my right hand is very curved
(carpal tunnel, tendinitis, arthritis and trigger finger of right hand third metatarsal)

Dear "27 year old Female,"

You asked for a lawyer to consult with you about your disability with an eye toward filing for Social Security benefits.

As I understand it, your problems are primarily with your  hands, wrists and arms. You are 27 years old.
Based upon this, I do not believe that I can help you.  It is not because you do not have severe medical issues.  It is because you are so young.

Disability is a legal question, not a medical one.  One of the most important factors is your age.  To qualify under the Social Security Act, you must show that there is no job in the national or regional economy that you are unable to do.  Without proof that your condition(s) prevent you from sitting 6 hours of an 8 hour work day, the Social Security Vocational Expert will conclude that there are other jobs you could do, even with your limitations.

There are a couple of things you might try doing.  First, google California State Disability Insurance.  You may qualify under that program to receive 66% of your wages until you can return to work, or 12 months, which ever happens first.

If you are not going to be able to do your past work, you should contact the California State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Voc Rehab’s job is to help people with physical or mental disabilities retrain so they can re-enter the work force.

I am sorry that I am unable to help you further and I do wish you much better health.

Kay Tracy, Esq.*
Social Security Attorney
Claims Representative
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