Social Security Disability Decision Notice
I need to get a copy as to why I am drawing social security. I have PTSD, fibromyalgia, and severe depression. I was hoping to "heal" myself post having gastric bypass and completing medical assistant school. But I have not been able to get and keep a job longer than 40-60 days.Can you help me obtain a letter like the 1 once received as to the judgement in my favor re: disability. (Our home burnt and the statement was lost in the fire).
Hi Tami, I am sorry to hear that your home was lost in a fire. From your comment I wasn't sure why you need a copy of your disability decision. I am not surprised that, even post bypass and finishing school, you still find it difficult to maintain employment for long periods due to your conditions. It appears from your question that your medical determination involved specific mental impairments as well as physical problems, all of which can affect the ability to maintain gainful employment.
Social Security is generally reluctant to let individuals review their disability folders if there is any allegation of mental problems, however I do not think it would be difficult for you to receive another social security award letter.
You did not state what level of the disability process you were at when you received your favorable decision from Social Security, however you can probably receive a copy of your award letter by contacting your local Social Security office. Most often a representative (a CR, which stands for claims representative) can help you get a copy of your decision.
Remember to be careful about work activity if you are indeed receiving Social Security disability benefits, as all work activity should be reported timely.
If you do not report your work activity, Social Security will catch up with it at some point and make a determination as to how your work affects your eligibility to receive disability benefits.
My advice to all disability recipients is to make sure to speak with a Social Security representative about work activity and how it can affect potential eligibility for disability. Work activity can cause individuals who receive disability benefits to be overpaid, and if you are overpaid you will have to repay Social Security.
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