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?
If a disability claimant is under the age of 50, he or she must prove that due to disability, there are no available jobs they could do in the national economy.
A new year means changes to how the Social Security Administration calculates benefits and eligibility for its disability programs.