How the Disability Onset Date Is Determined in Most ClaimsIf the applicant suffers from a disability that is not due to a traumatic event, as are most SSDI and SSI claims, the following factors will be considered by the Social Security Administration:
- The Applicant’s Allegations Or Testimony – This will be your statement regarding your disability and the date on which it began. This will be included with both your application and the Disability Report.
- Applicant’s Work History – The Social Security Administration office for your district will document the claim with the date on which you stopped working, shown on the Work Activity Report SSA form. This will require a different form for employees versus self-employed people.
- Medical Evidence – Here you should furnish all available and appropriate medical records and submit them for consideration. Some ailments, particularly those that are slowly progressive or have a long latency will prove difficult to determine an exact date for, but the officials at the Social Security Administration will make the best, educated inference possible with the available data.
Blindness & Childhood Disability
As stated earlier, each disability case will be different from others, and so each one will have its challenges as well. This is why people frequently work with disability lawyers so that they can be assured that their disability onset date will be determined correctly. There are two special cases to consider:
- Blindness – In the case of statutory blindness, the disability onset date is the date on which the evidence shows the impairment met legal requirements.
- Childhood Disability – With childhood disabilities, it is often not necessary to prove a specific disability onset date, as long as the condition was established in medical records before their 22nd birthday.