On set date for Social Security Disability Benefits

Asked over 1 year ago - Boise, ID

I was granted disability benefits this past week, however I applied 8 years ago with the same mental health disability, medications, behavior ect. The ssi agent called me and told me that they are only going back 12 months, which is so wrong. I applied first in 2001 or 2002 and was denied every time until this past week. How do I go about appealing the examiners onset date and collect the money that is owed to me?

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There was no judge or hearing involved. I appealed my case year after year and finally I won it myself with no attorneys help. Now I feel that the SSA is cheating me out of back pay which is owed to me from almost 10 years ago. In addition, what should I stress to the administration judge on my appeal form SSA-3341? any advise or help is grateful appreciated..

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  1. Paula Brown Sinclair

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Unless your prior denials are formally "reopened," the onset date now found will control. Reopening is only allowed under certain limited circumstances, and will not be successful without strong evidence of the severity of your disability during prior time periods. Without reopening, the law is clear that the earliest onset date will be the day after your last denial on your last application. On the present application, the law allows only 12 months in retroactive benefits. When the 5-month "waiting period" is tacked on, the earliest relevant onset date for pay status is 17 months prior to the application date.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

    This answer is offered as a public service for general information only and may not be relied upon as legal advice.
  2. Clifford Michael Farrell

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . My colleague is correct, but I add one thing. On SSDI claims, no old application more than 4 years old can be reopened under any circumstance; on SSI it is only 2 years. So, by law, your old claims from 8 years cannot be reopened under any circumstance whatsoever.

    so, it sounds like you have gotten the maximum benefits still available to you.

    Best of luck - and congratulations.

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  3. Andrew W. Norfleet


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    Answered . Attorney Sinclair and Attorney Farrell are correct in their very fine answers.

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    Andrew W. Norfleet, Esquire Helping disabled individuals throughout Pennsylvania. awn@norlaflaw.com www.norlaflaw.... more

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