November 2018 Archives

What if I have never worked?

At minimum, applicants for disability benefits must demonstrate that they are unable to perform the work they performed in the last 15 years that was performed at the "substantial gainful activity" level. But what if someone has not performed any work at the substantial gainful activity level (currently $1180 per month for non-blind individuals) within the last 15 years? Can such an individual still receive disability benefits?

Seeking benefits for back pain and spinal disorders

One of the most common type of cases I see in my practice are those in which a client is seeking disability benefits due to some type of spinal disorder and resulting back pain. The difference between successful and unsuccessful claims involving back pain turns largely on the medical evidence and active treatment efforts made by the claimant.

What info do I need to apply for Social Security disability?

No one in the world has ever said that having a disability makes life easier. In fact, many individuals in the United States are suffering from permanent disabilities that prevent them from working and earning an income for themselves. Fortunately, these individuals may find a ray of hope in the federal government's Social Security Disability benefits program -- if they can qualify for benefits, that is.

What are the most common Social Security disabilities?

There are many types of disabilities that could qualify someone to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. These disabilities range in severity from permanently disabling to life-threatening conditions. If you feel that your medical condition is preventing you from being able to do your job for at least a year, or could result in your death, you might also be able to qualify for Social Security benefits.

Proving your disability is a must to obtain compensation

When you suffer an injury, you may not initially think that it will lead down the path to Social Security Disability (SSD). Usually, people think that they will recover, and in many cases, that's true.

Irritable bowel syndrome and disability benefits

The Mayo Clinic describes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a common disorder that affects the large intestine. The signs and symptoms of IBS include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. If you have been diagnosed with IBS and are unable to work as a result of your symptoms, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

Retroactive pay and your alleged onset date

If you are thinking about applying for disability benefits, you probably have a number of questions regarding the benefits that are available. Many individuals are unaware that they may receive any retroactive benefits. Even at the hearing stage of the disability process, some of my clients are confused about the nature of retroactive benefits or "back pay" and are unsure just how far back their benefits may reach. The answer depends in large part on whether you are pursuing SSI or SSDI benefits and on the "alleged onset date" in your case.

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