Overview of Disability

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

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How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

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SSD SSI Definitions

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You Cannot get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award if you don't Provide SSA what they need

Continued from: Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?

AOD stands for "alleged onset date" and this is the date supplied by the claimant at the time of application. It is essentially the date for which the claimant alleges that their disability began. To award disability benefits back to this date, making the decision fully favorable, social security will need access to medical records which existed at that point in time.

For this reason, a claimant should indicate A) their earliest dates of treatment and B) all medical treatment providers. However, many claimants will fail to provide old medical sources not realizing that the older sources may hold the only records that fully support their case.

In addition to this, many claimants may not realize that Social security rules and criteria dictate that a disability examiner or judge (if the case is at the hearing stage) will need recent medical records (meaning not older than ninety days) before a person can be determined to be disabled and eligible to receive disability benefits.

Finally, many claimants will fail to provide the necessary contact information for their various medical treatment sources. This may be because they assume that the social security administration has a master database that allows them to locate all of a claimant's medical treatment sources, even if the claimant is not entirely sure of the name and address of a clinic or doctor.

However, SSA does not have a magic database and disability examiners are often forced to dig for information and attempt to "sleuth it out". Often, they are successful, but sometimes they are not and the result is that crucial medical records may not be gathered.

Very often, however, a disability representative or disability lawyer will interview their new client to get detailed information regarding past jobs and sources of treatment. This is so that detailed information can be passed back to the social security administration and the chances of being approved may be maximized.

However, this last point emphasizes why it may be to the claimant's advantage to seek representation before their claim is denied. There are, increasingly, disability attorneys and advocates who place more focus on trying to get cases won sooner.

In the past, a lawyer or representative might simply assume that it was impossible to win before the case got to a hearing. That seems to be changing, to some degree, however, as more individuals in the profession are taking an active interest in trying to get cases won at the initial claim or reconsideration level.

The key to this, of course, involves assisting the social security administration with gathering needed information, making sure the claimant does not provide faulty or insufficent evidence, and procuring qualified, detailed statements (see Medical Source statement) from a claimant's personal physician, or treating physician.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How far back are Social Security disability benefits awarded on an appeal?
How long will it take to start getting disability benefits after an award notice?
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
The Social Security Award Notice after Disability Benefits are Awarded
When Do You Get A Social Security Disability Award Letter And What Does It Say?
The Social Security Disability Five Month Waiting Period
Check Amount on Social Security Disability Award Letter
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
You Cannot get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award if you don't Provide SSA what they need
How Much Do You Get For Disability If You Are Awarded Benefits?
Does Your Last Job Determine If You Receive A Social Security or SSI Award?
Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Awarded Quickly?
The Social Security disability award notice process in North Carolina
How is Social Security Disability and SSI Awarded?

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