When you apply for disability benefits, you must choose a date that you became disabled. This date is called an alleged onset date.
The date is not simply the first time you felt you couldn’t work, or the first time you received a certain diagnosis, though sometimes these can correspond with your alleged onset date.
Two main factors determine your onset date:
- The date your impairments became severe enough to preclude you from working
- The date when medical evidence supports the existence of your impairments.
An experienced attorney can help you choose your onset date by looking at these factors and making sure that your alleged onset date coincides with the legal definition of disability. Call us today.