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Bayer ordered to pay more than $2 billion in Roundup cancer case

Roundup is the most popular weed killer in West Virginia and around the country, but its prolonged use has been linked to the development of deadly cancers including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Roundup was originally sold in the United States by Monsanto, which was acquired by the German multinational chemicals company Bayer in 2018. Bayer decided to proceed with the $66 billion deal despite knowing that the Missouri-based agrochemical manufacturer faced thousands of lawsuits over its controversial glyphosate-based herbicide.

Important dates for Social Security Disability back payments

The Social Security Administration has not established a maximum amount of back pay available to Social Security Disability applicants in West Virginia and around the country. The amount of disability benefit back payments is determined by such a large number of factors that establishing a maximum is practically impossible. The four most important factors impacting the payment amounts are the date of filing, the established date of onset, the waiting period, and the month of entitlement.

Family members could collect benefits as well

If an individual in West Virginia or any other state receives disability benefits, family members may also collect benefits. Children, current spouses and former spouses of the recipient may be entitled to up to 50% of the recipient's benefit. The extra benefits are capped at up to 180% of a disabled person's monthly payment, and a former spouse who receives a payment won't count toward that limit.

Worries about long-term viability of Social Security

Some people in West Virginia are concerned about reports from Social Security trustees that the program will face serious problems that could affect its viability. Trustees say that the cost of paying out benefits will exceed the program's income in 2020, marking the first time since 1982 that this was the case. They also warned that this situation, if allowed to continue, could deplete the program's $2.9 trillion trust fund entirely for people receiving retirement benefits before 2034. They also said that the disability funds trust could persist until 2052. Both retirees and people with serious disabilities rely on Social Security for income to cover basic, necessary expenses.

Appeals can be important after an SSDI benefits denial

Some Social Security disability applicants in West Virginia may not know what to do after they receive an initial denial notification. Because these applicants are generally too disabled to work, they may be relying on an approval to support themselves. However, it is important to keep in mind that many people who successfully receive disability benefits begin the process with an initial denial. It is possible to surmount an initial negative result through the appeals process.

An overview of substantial gainful activity

To qualify for disability benefits, an individual in West Virginia would need to stay below the substantial gainful activity threshold. Those who exceed this limit will have their applications denied on a technicality. When an application receives a technical denial, it means that it is not looked at by a disability examiner. In 2019, an individual can make $1,220 per month or less in gross income and still qualify for disability benefits.

How to get benefits after a stroke

Those who experience a stroke may experience significant health issues for the rest of their lives. However, these issues may not rise to the level that would make a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. It is also important for West Virginia applicants to know that an application won't be evaluated until at least three months after the stroke occurs. From there, an examiner will determine if it has made it impossible for a person to earn a gainful living.

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.

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