A visual disorder is an abnormality of the eye, the optic nerves, the optic tracts, or the brain that may reduce a person's ability to function. According to the National Federation of the Blind, approximately 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired, and 75,000 people in the United States will become blind or visually impaired each year.
The unfortunate truth of the Social Security disability system is that which judge hears your case can have the biggest impact on whether your application for benefits is approved.
The Social Security Administration doesn't exist in a vacuum, and sometimes years old legal problems that claimants have forgotten to resolve can come back to bite them just before a disability hearing.
Depending on where you're located, it can take more than two years from the date of filing a disability application to get a hearing and decision from an administrative law judge.
At midnight on Saturday, January 20, the federal government began procedures to rollback services for many agencies, the effect of a partial government shutdown.
The answer depends on what kind of benefit you are applying for. There are two disability benefits. Disability Insured Benefits (DIB, sometimes called Social Security Disability SSD or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The main different is that DIB benefits are available to workers who have paid FICA taxes and have accumulated a certain number of work credits. SSI benefits are available to low income people who have not worked or don't have enough work credits. SSI benefits take household income into account when determining payment amount and monthly payments do not exceed $735.00 in 2018. DIB payment can be significantly more than SSI.
Often, I see clients who are already receiving monthly benefits from the Veteran's Administration, and are now seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
When an insured individual is no longer able to work due to a disability, it is important to file a Social Security Disability claim as soon as possible to avoid any potential loss of benefits. Insured status for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act has an expiration date, or "date last insured" (DLI) for the onset of disability, though an individual may file a claim at any time. Social Security Administration can pay up to twelve months of retroactive pay from the date filed, so a claimant who files long after their onset of disability may risk losing back pay.
Applicants for disability benefits typically file claims under both Title II (Social Security Disability) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income) of the Social Security Act. After a favorable decision has been rendered, the decision is sent to a payment processing center to calculate payment amounts. Processing times vary, and could run anywhere from 30 to 90 days from the date of the decision.
A working paper by researchers from Temple University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati has found an unusual connection between disability claims and states that have legalized medical marijuana.