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The disability onset date, and what it means for your case

When you seek out Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to prove your disability exists and that it is compliant with the rules and regulations set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). One of these aspects is the "disability onset date" which is the date at which you became unable to work anymore as a result of your disability or medical condition. This date is important for many reasons, not least of which is that it is used to determine when your benefit payment period begins.

So how can you help the SSA determine when your disability onset date is? And what effect can you expect this date to have on your case? Let's talk about these two things.

First of all, the SSA will use a number of factors to determine your disability onset date, including your work history, your medical history, and the allegations you make to the SSA. You should support your case by presenting medical records and documentation from work about your medical and work history. You can also provide "nonmedical" evidence to support your case, and you can even bring in hospital staff to advocate for you.

Ultimately, your disability onset date -- whether it involves a traumatic injury or not -- is hugely important to your case. You have to be prepared and organized when making your case, and in this regard, it can be extremely helpful to have a legal representative in your corner during the process.

Source: FindLaw, "What is My Disability Onset Date?," Accessed Feb. 17, 2016

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