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How to obtain disability benefits retroactively

When a West Virginia resident has an initial application for Social Security disability benefits approved, they will receive payment based on the date at which the disability occurred. That date can be up to 12 months before when the claim was filed. However, if a claim is approved at the hearing level, disability benefits may not necessarily be awarded based on when the case was initially filed. This could be true if an older case is reopened after being denied.

SSDI benefits scrutinized in the light of social media posts

West Virginia residents may be interested in knowing the new role that Facebook and Instagram could play in determining whether applicants qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration released their budget for 2020 and said that they want to expand the use of Facebook and Instagram to evaluate whether an applicant for disability benefits actually meets the criteria.

Multiple sclerosis and disability benefits

According to statistics, almost 300,000 people in Virginia and the rest of the United States have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Another 200 cases are being diagnosed every week. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating and progressive neurological disease that can impair a person's motor function and cause them to experience extreme fatigue, visual disturbances and mental impairment. The Social Security Administration understands the incapacitating effect of multiple sclerosis and has a specific neurological impairment listing for the disease, Listing 11.09, in its disability handbook.

Should you apply for SSDI or SSI benefits?

When a person cannot work, it affects his or her financial stability. If you are unable to hold a job because of a medical condition or a mental illness, you may be able to secure financial support from the Social Security Administration. The first step in this process is to determine which type of benefits is best for your individual situation. 

Missing a Social Security Disability application appointment

People in West Virginia who are going through the application process for Social Security Disability benefits will be scheduled an application appointment. If the application appointment is missed, the applicant will have to meet certain obligations in order to secure benefits. Typically, when the appointment is missed, the Social Security Administration will send a letter, referred to as a closeout letter, to the applicant.

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