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.
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.