Understanding the Impact of Job History
How is my past work relevant?
Social Security Disability is not a means tested program, and the amount you receive in benefits
is not based on your needs but rather on the amount of work you have performed
at a job that was covered by the program. Your job history will have a
major effect on your payment amount, as well as determining whether you
will be covered by
Social Security Disability Insurance.
During the review of your application, Disability Determination Services
will study your work history in detail. If it appears that you could return
to a previous job and still make an acceptable income, your claim will
be denied. Past relevant work is any employment that you held within the
last 15 years, which can produce substantial gain and which you performed
for a long enough period to become proficient. We will interview you during the
application process to discover any relevant details about the position that may not appear
on the job description, such as extended periods of standing or heavy lifting.
Your previous work history is also relevant in determining the amount you
will receive as your monthly benefit. The payment is calculated based
on your average lifetime income, so individuals who have earned more money
will receive a larger benefit. It is also necessary to demonstrate that
you have worked long enough at a job that was covered by Social Security
to earn sufficient work credits to qualify. The number of credits required
varies with the age of the applicant.
Come to Disability Action Advocates as early as possible when you are seeking
benefits, so that our experienced team can help you accurately present
your history of employment and avoid an unnecessary refusal of your application.
By retaining the services of a knowledgeable professional, you can markedly
improve your chances of receiving benefits.
Call DAA today at (888) 421-8705 or
contact us online for your free initial consultation.