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Date of disability onset crucial for retroactive SSD benefits

The process of evaluating an application for Social Security Disability benefits involves the determination of when the disability started. Known as the established date of onset, this date will influence how far back in time the Social Security Administration will go to determine the back payment of benefits for a Pennsylvania applicant.

The time that passes from the onset of disability and the approval of benefits can be considerable. A person might have gone through multiple denials and waited a long time to get a hearing before an administrative law judge. Benefits could be retroactively payable for months or years since the filing of the initial application. A judge even has the power to reopen multiple denied applications and consider evidence of disability that was overlooked. A judge who rules that a denial was improper could award disability pay back to the onset time described within the first application.

Applicants should strive to provide all medical records that document the onset of a disability and how it impacted their ability to work for a living. Any medical documentation about physical or mental impairment should be included with an application. Older medical records might reveal an even earlier date of onset than the applicant originally calculated.

The bureaucracy surrounding SSD benefits might be confusing or burdensome to someone with serious physical or mental problems. In such a case, having the assistance of an attorney who has experience in this area could be advisable . An attorney could contact various medical providers and obtain important records about diagnosis and treatment. This service could produce a comprehensive application that satisfies a disability examiner on the first attempt. Even in the event of a denial, an attorney can initiate an appeal and continue the pursuit of benefits.

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