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Social Security Disability Alleged Onset Date (AOD)

What is an Alleged Onset Date (AOD)?

The alleged onset date is the date a claimant for disability alleges their disability began. A good general rule to use when trying to determine your disability alleged onset date is deciding the time you could no longer engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), and using that date as the AOD.

Your alleged onset date will be important to a disability claim because it can affect the amount of back pay that will be paid. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to have a representative help you with your claim. An incorrect AOD can cost you thousands of dollars.

The alleged onset date is not a black and white issue. Many times in court the attorney and the judge and the claimant will all have different dates they believe is the AOD. Good medical records and a doctors opinion will be helpful in any discussion.

Author – Brad Myler