John L. Keefe
An experienced New England SSA disability lawyer can help you win the benefits you need if you become disabled, are unable to work and your initial claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is denied. And securing the very best back pay benefits is one of the primary advantages of getting an attorney’s help.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay up to 12 months retroactive pay from the date you apply for SSDI. For many people this can make a huge difference in day-to-day living. But securing these benefits can be difficult for the average claimant.
Here are some of the important questions you need to ask when your initial claim is denied:
- What is the AOD? The “alleged onset date”, the AOD, is the date you claim to have become unable to work. This date is required information on your initial application. The AOD is very important, as it determines how much you might be awarded in back pay benefits.
- Why is the AOD important to my case? To get the full 12 months of SSDI back pay benefits, you would need to have become disabled a full 17 months before you submitted an initial benefits claim. This is because there is a mandatory waiting period of five months after becoming disabled.
- The SSA must approve your AOD before you can receive back pay benefits. A qualified attorney can help you to prove your AOD date is correct and fight to get these important benefits approved.
- What if the SSA doesn’t agree with my AOD? If the SSA does not agree with your initial AOD claim, it can establish an onset date different from the one you submitted. In order to do this, the SSA must prove through medical evidence that your date is incorrect. If they are able to do so, you will be given what is called an “established onset date” (EOD), which generally cuts the amounts of back pay you will receive.
A lawyer can help you with this decision too, as he or she can ask for a reconsideration of the EOD. It is not recommended that you try to do this yourself, as you could be putting your whole case in jeopardy.
Success is a phone call away
All in all, it is best to hire a New England SSA disability attorney when you are denied New England Social Security disability benefits. At Keefe Disability Law, we have the experience and integrity you need to successfully launch your appeal. Call us today toll free at 888-904-6847 to find out what we can do for you.
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