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What's the 'date of onset' for my disability?

The onset date of your disability is important for determining how much you can receive in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. That's because, once you qualify for benefits, you can receive "back pay" for benefits that you didn't receive when you first became disabled.

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?

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.

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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