• michael

    I recieve Va compensation and I am disabled at 90%. I have a leg amputation below the knee on my right side. I work Saturdays and Sundays for 12 hours shifts. I have to call into work to use FMLA due to sores and bruises I get on my residual limb. I gross 1300-1500 from my job as a secretary in a month if I am able to work every day. I am not sure I can qualify for any program because i make too much from my secretary job. I have always had a problem with sores and bruises that can’t heal if I wear my prosthetic. I wanted to know if there would be any kind of program I could qualify for as my condition sometimes allows me to work and sometimes not.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michael,

      I suggest that you add up your total hours actually worked (not sick pay) over the last six months. If the pay for those hours averages below $1,130 gross per month, you can apply for disability benefits while you are working. You can claim a date of disability at the beginning of the period during which you average less than the limit. To figure out the date of disability you can claim, try going back seven months, eight months, and so on to find the first date after which your actual workfrom then on earns less than $1,130. If your six-month average is just a little over the limit, average the last five months or the last four months. You can start your claim online, but you will need to submit your pay stubs to support the disability date.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • raymond

    I have been found 98% disable by my doctors both mentally and physically I also found out through Social Security that some of my work credits were not added to my disability or ssid I took all my information there to them and they said there was nothing they can do for me I have been found unfavorable more than 9 times since filing for my disability all I get is take us to federal court and file A civil lawsuit a person like me cant affordthe charges that they are asking for for filing how is this even possible if social security is taking away work credits that were earned and not reported

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Raymond,

      If you have proof, such as W-2 forms or pay stubs, of your Social Security taxed wages, you should be able to have those earnings credited to your earnings record even if your employer failed to actually pay the taxes. There is no statute of limitations if you have proof. I can’t tell why you were denied nine times (for not being insured or found not disabled), but if you exhausted all your appeals on a medical denail, you may not be disabled as defined by Social Security law.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Ehla

    I had a brain procedure in 2010 because of a huge AV fistula and a thrombosis later and I was completely disabled ( I couldn’t walk or read, I didn’t have any strength in my muscles) but I couldn’t be approved for disability because by that time I was married to an American citizen but I was just a permanent resident so I was denied. I suffered domestic violence by that time as well and I divorced this man but I kept my baby boy with me always. I was not prepared to take care of my son by myself but just God knows how I did it. I went through some physical, occupational and speech therapy and my condition improved; the only limitation that I was left with was my short endurance compared to an average person. In 2013 I moved to VA and my ex husband stopped sending child support so I had to start working. I found a part-time job where I was able to make almost $2000 a month because of commissions. Now I just got my citizenship and I wonder if I can apply for disability considering that I always struggle to finish my day. It is really difficult besides my son receives special education services because of his cognitive delay. I’d appreciate any help.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ehia,

      It is difficult to tell whether or not you would be found disabled if you decide to stop work. Also, you may not have enough work credits to be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI). The maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits is $733. I suggest that you find out from Social Security whether or not you are currently insured for Social Security. Take proof of your 2014 and 2015 earnings to find out.

      Note that your child may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability because your current earnings are low enough. SSI applications can be filed with the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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  • Michael Craig

    I was denied my SSI but I was approved for my social security benefits what does that mean will I be getting my benefit’s

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michael,

      The two disability programs are separate; so, yes, if you have been medically approved, you will receive the Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits as soon as the payment center completes payment processing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • stephanie

    I am so confused in regards to my disability payment, I was told partial. and am very glad for that help. but I see and hear other people get a lot more than I do. I have scleroderma raynauds and afew other issues like my back etc We are barely surviving having two boys who get benefits also. What can I do should I call SSDI Let me know

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Stephanie,

      The Social Security Administration does not pay partial benefits. Your benefit amount is based on the amount of your Social Security taxed work earnings. You might contact your local social services department to see if your family qualifies for SNAP (food stamps) or your total family income is low enough Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Your power company may have some assistance with energy costs.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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