Many people are shocked to learn that receiving SSDI benefits is not an automatic process. You need to apply for benefits, and all too often the decision doesn’t come back with an entirely favorable decision on the part of the injured party.
It’s also not a simple case of accept or deny. There is a third possible result that forms a sort of gray area between a fully favorable decision and one of denial: the partially favorable result. Learn how partially favorable SSDI decisions differ from fully favorable decisions, and how a Southern California SSDI lawyer can make the difference.
The Date of Benefits Question
The core difference between the fully favorable and partially favorable SSDI decision centers not on whether or not you receive benefits, but on the date from which you are eligible for benefits. This can be a major bone of contention. There are two dates in question: the AOD, or alleged onset date, and the EOD, or the established onset date.
The AOD is the date you claim your disability began on your application for benefits. The EOD is the date that the judge sets as the established date of your disability, the date from which you are entitled to begin receiving benefits. As you can imagine, the differences between the two dates can make a world of difference.
The Fully Favorable SSDI Decision
Obviously, the most desirable outcome is the fully favorable decision. This occurs when a judge looks at your disability case and agrees that not only are you approved for benefits, but your established onset date (EOD) is the same as the alleged onset date (AOD) for which you applied. This means that the judge is in agreement as to the date from which you are allowed benefits.
The Partially Favorable SSDI Decision
In a partially favorable decision, you may receive benefits, but the judge sets the Established Onset Date later than the AOD you claimed on your application. This new EOD can actually be much later in some cases.
Another form of partially favorable decision comes when the judge rules that you were disabled at one point in time, but no longer are. You may be able to collect limited benefits, in this case, but only for the period during which you are legally ruled to have been disabled.
Call a Southern California SSDI Lawyer
When you’re facing a ruling regarding the onset date of your disability, even a partially favorable decision can end up disastrous for you. If the judge sets the date too far ahead, or rules for a limited period of benefits, it can cost you many thousands of dollars that you need to pay your medical bills and stay on your feet. This is why it’s so important to have the services of a Southern California SSDI lawyer available.
Most social security rulings can be appealed and challenged. If you get a ruling that’s not entirely in your favor, it’s not the end of the world, but you need to act fast. If you’re facing a partially favorable ruling that you want to challenge, don’t wait. Call Dr. Bill LaTour for help and get a free case consultation today.