Understanding “Alleged Onset Date” for SSDI 

Lloyd King Law Firm PLLC Dec. 14, 2023

Paper cut out of disabled person protected by handNavigating the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process can be a daunting task, no matter your particular circumstances. In fact, you're likely feeling overwhelmed and unsure about where to start or what steps to take next. As a disability attorney at Lloyd King Law Firm PLLC, I’m here to help. 

It's important to understand a crucial component of the SSDI application process: the Alleged Onset Date (AOD). Whether you're considering applying for SSDI or you've received a denial and are contemplating an appeal, I aim to provide you with the information you need. Contact me in Raleigh, North Carolina, to set up a consultation. 

Understanding the Alleged Onset Date

The Alleged Onset Date is the date you claim your disability began, and it's the day you became unable to work due to your condition. It's a pivotal part of your SSDI application because it determines when your disability started and sets the period for which you might be eligible for benefits. The AOD is crucial in figuring out the retroactive benefits you may receive if your application gets approved. 

When you apply for SSDI, it's important to provide a specific Alleged Onset Date. This date should be supported by medical evidence and documentation that shows the onset of your disability and how it has impacted your ability to work. Medical records, statements from your doctor, and other relevant evidence can help establish your Alleged Onset Date. A skilled attorney can be a tremendous guide during this process.  

The Significance of Medical Evidence

Medical evidence plays a vital role in determining your Alleged Onset Date. It's crucial to gather comprehensive medical records documenting the progression of your disability and its impact on your ability to work. These records should include diagnoses, treatment plans, test results, and any other relevant medical information. The more detailed and comprehensive your medical evidence, the stronger your case for establishing the Alleged Onset Date. 

The Alleged Onset Date is essential because it sets the terms for when you might be eligible to receive retroactive benefits. Retroactive benefits are payments that you could receive dating back to your Alleged Onset Date. However, these benefits are limited to a maximum of 12 months before you apply for SSDI. For example, if your Alleged Onset Date is January 1st, 2020, and you apply for SSDI on January 1st, 2022, the earliest possible date for retroactive benefits would be January 1st, 2021. 

Additionally, the Alleged Onset Date can also impact how long you'll have to wait to receive your first payment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a five-month waiting period before you can start receiving benefits from the date they determine as your disability onset. This means that if your Alleged Onset Date is January 1st, 2020, your five-month waiting period would end on June 1st, 2020. Thus, your first benefit payment would be for the month of July. 

The Importance of Accurate Documentation 

Accurate documentation is a fundamental aspect of establishing your Alleged Onset Date. You need to provide a clear and detailed account of when your disability began and how it impacted your ability to work. This documentation should include specific dates, symptoms you've experienced, and any medical treatments you've sought. Providing accurate and detailed information will strengthen your case for the Alleged Onset Date and increase the likelihood of a successful SSDI application. 

Appealing a Denied SSDI Application

If your SSDI application is denied, there’s still hope. You need to understand your options for appeal, and the Alleged Onset Date can play a significant role in the appeal process. When appealing a denial, it's important to review the reasons for denial and gather additional medical evidence that supports your Alleged Onset Date. This evidence should demonstrate the severity and impact of your disability, as well as its onset date. Working with a disability attorney experienced in SSDI appeals can increase your chances of a successful appeal. 

If you're considering applying for SSDI or need assistance with an appeal, don't hesitate to reach out to me at Lloyd King Law Firm PLLC

Why Choose Lloyd King Law Firm PLLC?

At Lloyd King Law Firm PLLC, I’m committed to advocating for individuals pursuing SSDI and other disability benefits. As an experienced disability attorney, I understand the complexities of the SSDI application process and the importance of the Alleged Onset Date. I work closely with my clients to gather comprehensive medical evidence, establish the Alleged Onset Date, and navigate the appeals process if necessary. With my dedication and commitment, I strive to ensure that every single client receives the benefits they deserve. 

At Lloyd King Law Firm PLLC, I’m ready to offer detail-oriented advocacy when you need it the most. No matter where you live in North Carolina—including Roanoke Rapids, Fayetteville, and Greensboro—contact my office in Raleigh to set up a consultation. Let’s make sense of your case together.