Social Security Disability Claims: What is the “Onset Date?”

If you are applying for disability benefits, you must be prepared to answer the question of when you became disabled. In other words, what was the “onset date?” Social Security will use the onset date throughout the course of your disability claim.

While this may seem like a simple question, it may not be. However, it is essential to pick the right onset date from the beginning. Social Security considers you to be disabled if the symptoms of your medical issues make it impossible for you to work. This means that your onset date should be the day when you were no longer able to perform the duties of your job.

In some cases, the date you were terminated for poor attendance or poor performance, your final day of work may be the appropriate onset date. However, if you were laid-off (which had nothing to do with your attendance or performance), the proper onset date may correspond to the medical event that resulted in a change in your ability to work.

Finally, the judge may set or change the onset date. If you disagree with the date selected by the court, you can appeal it. However, an appeal will delay the commencement of you receiving benefits.

At Murphy & Garner, we have the proven skill and experience to deal with the bureaucracy and red tape involved in filing for benefits after a disabling injury, illness or severe or fatal accident.

Choosing your onset date is a critical decision. If you need assistance choosing your onset date or if you have any questions about your social security or disability benefits, call on an experienced social security attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. For more than 32 years Murphy & Garner has represented plaintiffs in western Georgia and throughout the state. For a free consultation, call 866-942-0552 or 678-563-1584.

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