Should I Change My Onset Date?

Should I Change My Onset Date?

If someone’s asking you to amend your onset date, there’s a few things you need to know before you do so. First, what is your onset date? That’s a date you claim you became disabled. Now situations that can arise that may cause you to amend your onset date are the following: 

  • One, your work history conflicts. That means, you continued to work after the date you claim you became disabled. For Social Security purposes, disability means the day you became disabled from work.
  • Now another situation is when your onset date is too remote. You’re choosing an onset date that was many years ago, the judges don’t like to see that. Realistically, they only want to see about a year before the application dates. And that’s because they can only pay back benefits on your certain circumstances to that far back, a year prior to application.
  • Now another situation that may apply is the grid rules. Now if the grid rules apply, these are special rules for individuals who are over the age of 50. They allow the judge to factor in your age when making a decision. So, it may be beneficial to amend your onset date to when you became eligible for these special rules.

If anyone is asking you to amend your onset dates, it’s important to proceed with caution. If you feel like you need help or have any questions about Social Security Disability Benefits, please give us a call (210.340.8877), or fill out the form online (packardfirm.com).