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Advice from a Disability Attorney – Important Dates

By Brooke Qualls, Attorney

Parmele Law Firm, P.C.

Social Security Disability Lawyer BrookeQAny experienced disability attorney will know there are several important dates in any claim for disability through the Social Security Administration, each one carrying its own significance for a claim throughout the process.

Filing Date: This one may seem obvious but if benefits are awarded it certainly has an impact on your claim. This is the date that you filed your application for either disability insurance benefits (“DIB”) or Social Security Income benefits (“SSI”). In the event that you are awarded a fully favorable decision in your claim you may receive back pay benefits back to the date you filed. In DIB cases you may also receive benefits up to one year prior to the date that you filed depending on your Alleged Onset Date (discussed below).In some instances a protective filing date can be established. A protective filing date can be established in certain circumstances if Social Security receives a written statement of intent to file for disability benefits. With the amount of detail required and knowledge required, a disability attorney can be an invaluable asset to you.

Alleged Onset Date: This date refers to the date that you became disabled for the purposes of your disability claim. This date should be one which reflects when your mental or physical conditions became severe enough to prevent you from being able to work any full time job. In the best cases, the date is supported by medical evidence showing the severity of your physical or mental conditions. In DIB cases, if the alleged onset date is prior to your filing date, you may receive retroactive pay to the alleged onset date up to one year prior to the filing date.

Date Last Insured: This date is only relevant in DIB claims. In order to receive DIB benefits you must establish that you became disabled by Social Security standards prior to or on this date. This date is established by Social Security based on the work credits that you accrue when you are employed and paying into Social Security.

To see how these dates affect your Social Security Disability Insurance claim or Social Security Income claim, consult a disability attorney near you.