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A history of the Social Security Disability program

The Social Security Administration is a vital aid to people with mental and physical disabilities. These individuals, if they are unable to have jobs and earn incomes, may be able to receive benefits to help them pay for their living expenses. In order to qualify for these benefits, however, applicants need to have worked and paid into the Social Security system an adequate number of years.

What are Social Security Disability work credits?

To qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD), workers need to have earned what are called "work credits." These are proof that you have worked a sufficient amount and paid a sufficient amount into the Social Security system to receive disability benefits under the law. Work credits are awarded at a maximum of four per year.

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 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.

Social Security Administration increases payments for 2019

If you currently use Social Security Disability (SSD) or wish to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to boost your income in the future, there is some good news. In 2019, the amount paid out in SSD or SSI will increase. It's not a minuscule increase, either.

If you have a disability, benefits could help support you

Social Security Disability (SSD) is determined based on a person's ability to complete tasks that they did before an injury. For example, if you were working a labor-intensive job, it would be reasonable to award disability if you could no longer do that job due to a back injury of a permanent nature.

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