When applying for SSD, the application will include a question asking when the disability began. This “alleged onset date” or “disability onset date” is important because it helps determine whether the application will be approved and may influence how much disability back pay an applicant is entitled to receive. However, what an applicant considers the […]
Decker Law Office. The Social Security Administration defines a “disabled” individual as someone who cannot maintain substantial employment. In 2018, the SSA considered substantial employment (substantial gainful activity) as employment providing a person with at least $1180 each month. People seeking Social Security disability cannot be earning more than $1180 per month when initially applying […]
What Does Social Security Consider a Disabling Condition? Disabling conditions as defined by the Social Security Administration are physical or psychological conditions severe enough to prevent a person from working and earning “gainful income” for at least one year. The SSA determines whether a health problem is disabling and warranting benefits by reviewing a claimant’s […]
Having a disability or chronic health issue you weren't born with means adjusting to "new normals." This "adjustment" might just be a nicer way to say grief. We identify with our expectations of our bodies and our minds, whether it's what our bodies can do, or how they look, or how it feels to just be able to think clearly without your mind wandering or getting exhausted. What am I, who am I, if I can't walk easily or drive normally or can't follow a conversation the way I used to?
Here's a helpful quiz from MassMutual, and insurance and investment company, about the basics of Social Security. People are not doing really well on this quiz. This means one of two things. Either people who take Social Security quizzes are less informed than most, or most people don’t know as much as they think they do about Social Security. This is pretty likely, because even regular old retire-and-get-paid Social Security is a little more confusing than we'd all like to think.