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Social Security Disability SSI and the Onset Date

The AOD or alleged onset date is the date a disability applicant states that they became unable to perform substantial work activity or SGA due to their physical or mental impairment.

EOD or established onset date is the date the Social Security has determined to be when an individualís impairment actually met the definition of disability for Social Security.

Most often the AOD and EOD are determined to be the same date, which allows for a fully favorable decision for a claimant. However if an applicant has no medical evidence to support their AOD or they performed SGA after they alleged they became unable to perform SGA, they may have an EOD that is later than their AOD.

If there is not objective medical evidence to support the AOD, the disability examiner will determine when they have enough evidence to support a finding of disability at a later date and if they are able to do so the later date will become the EOD.

If the disability applicant worked past their AOD, their established date of onset cannot be any earlier than the date they stopped performing SGA no matter how serious their disabling condition might be.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria