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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be overwhelming, especially when you’re already dealing with the challenges of a disability. At Disability Advocates Group, our knowledgeable Florida Social Security Disability Attorneys understand the importance of every detail in your claim, including the disability onset date. Let’s delve into why this date holds such significance and how it can impact your benefits.

What is the Disability Onset Date?

First things first, what exactly is the disability onset date? Simply put, it’s the date when your disability began to affect your ability to work. This date serves as a crucial starting point for determining your eligibility for SSDI or SSI benefits.

Establishing Eligibility

When applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, one of the primary requirements is proving that your disability prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). The disability onset date is pivotal in establishing this eligibility criterion. The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates your medical records and work history to determine if your disability meets their criteria and if it prevents you from working.

Back Pay Calculation

Another crucial aspect of the disability onset date is its role in calculating back pay. Back pay refers to the benefits owed to you from the time you became disabled to the date when your application is approved. This includes the period during which your claim was pending. Therefore, accurately establishing the disability onset date ensures that you receive the full amount of back pay owed to you.

Protecting Your Rights

The disability onset date also plays a vital role in protecting your rights during the appeals process. If your initial application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. During the appeals process, providing evidence to support your disability onset date is essential for demonstrating the continuity and severity of your condition.

Potential Challenges

Determining the disability onset date can sometimes pose challenges, especially if there’s a gap between when your disability began and when you stopped working. Additionally, if your medical records are incomplete or if there’s ambiguity regarding the onset of your disability, it can complicate the claims process.

How Disability Advocates Group Can Help

Navigating the SSDI or SSI application process can be daunting, especially when you’re already dealing with the challenges of a disability. At Disability Advocates Group, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our experienced team of attorneys specializes in assisting individuals with disabilities in Florida navigate the complexities of the SSDI and SSI claims process.

Contact Our Florida Disability Attorneys

When you choose Disability Advocates Group to represent you, you can trust that we’ll prioritize your best interests. We understand the importance of the disability onset date in your claim and will work diligently to ensure that it’s accurately established and documented. From gathering medical evidence to representing you in hearings, we’ll advocate tirelessly on your behalf to secure the benefits you deserve.

Disability onset date is a critical factor in SSDI and SSI claims. It is the starting point for determining your eligibility, calculating back pay, and protecting your rights during appeals. Navigating the complexities of the claims process can be overwhelming, but with the assistance of Disability Advocates Group, you don’t have to go through it alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards securing the benefits you deserve.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.