I recently received an email from a blog reader who tells me that she has recently been approved for SSDI based on a stroke. However, she was diagnosed with another disabling medication condition 20 years ago but never applied. Is there anything she can do about the older medical condition and recovering 20 years worth of past due benefits.
Here is my analysis: first, this is a difficult question to answer because I do not have all of the facts. For example there are circumstances where an informal communication with Social Security could be considered an application. There are also cases where even an unintentional misstatement by a Social Security employee could toll the statute of limitations. [Read more...]