Why Is The Alleged Onset Date So Important?

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 […]

When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security Disability?

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 If My Disabling Condition Isn’t In the Blue Book?

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 […]

How Does the SSA Look at Fibromyalgia?

If you have fibromyalgia, and your symptoms keep you from being able to work, you may want to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. We're going to break down SSR 12-2p: Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Fibromyalgia, a policy interpretation ruling the Social Security Administration (SSA) published in 2012, which finally laid out a decisionmaking process for SSA judges to determine whether someone's fibromyalgia is a Medically Determinable Impairment (MDI) and make determinations about awarding disability benefits.