You never know when an injury or illness may leave you unable to work. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan for the future by knowing the details about the Social Security Disability benefits you are earning today.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) used to mail every working United States citizen an annual statement of the benefits they had accrued. But the agency stopped sending these statements via paper mail in 2011 due to budgetary issues.
Since that time, only an estimated 6 percent of the workforce has signed up for the online alternative, My Social Security. According to Minuteman News Center, the slow transition to the new system has forced the SSA to begin resending paper statements to workers. This time though, they will only be sent to working citizens between ages 25-60 every five years.
Signing up for a My Social Security account will allow users to access benefit totals in real time, unlike statements that only come twice every decade. Furthermore, it lets Americans figure in costs, such as taxes, to give them a more realistic look at what benefits they would receive if unable to work.
It’s a good idea to speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer if you have questions regarding your benefits after logging into My Social Security.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have the knowledge and experience to help clarify your concerns about Social Security Disability and how it applies to you. To learn more about how we can help with your benefits, call us at (800) 477-7315.