April 15, the deadline to file taxes in 2019, is fast approaching.
The current national wait time from disability application until hearing before an administrative law judge is still around a year and a half.
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?
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.