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Understanding your disability's onset date

When a person in Newark fills out an application for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), he or she will be asked to prove his or her disability's onset date. This is the date that the person was determined to be unable to work due to his or her disability.

It is important to note that, if approved, payments are made based on the date of your application, not retroactive to the time of your disability or onset date. It is still important to prove your onset date to the Social Security Administration. Proving the onset date varies, depending on the applicant's disability.

For non-traumatic disabilities, which are basically disabilities not caused from an injury, the administration will look at a few factors such as the application date, the date that the applicant stopped working and medical evidence that proves that the disability impacted the applicant to the point where he or she was unable to continue work.

For applicants suffering from debilitating mental conditions, the judge will look at the medical records, medical history, statements from staff, nonmedical evidence such as work history and with the applicant's approval, statements from family members and former employees.

The onset date is important for the Social Security Administration, since one of the guidelines for receiving SSDI or SSI benefits is that the condition is expected to last at least a year or end in death. If a person is expected to heal or recover in less than a year, his or her application may be denied. Therefore, the administration must determine the onset date to verify the condition will last, or has lasted more than a year.

Source: FindLaw, "What is My Disability Onset Date?" Accessed on Dec. 1, 2015

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