Indiana residents who submit an initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits and who have their claim approved will then have their established date of onset calculated. The EOD is the date which the Social Security Administration determines to be when the applicant’s disability began.

The EOD can be used to determine exactly how far back disability benefits should be calculated. However, it is important to note that the issue can become confusing due to the differences in the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability programs. How far back the benefits can be calculated is also affected by the differences in which claim approvals are handled at application stage or reconsideration appeal stage and how the claim approvals are handled at the disability hearing stage.

For cases involving SSI, the date on which the disability application was filed can be used to calculate the benefits. This also applies to cases involving SSD, but the benefits may also be paid possibly one year retroactive to the date the application was submitted if there is medical proof that will support using such an early disability onset date.

For the most part, claim approvals at the initial claim or reconsideration appeal levels will be handled very much the same at the disability hearing. The main difference is that at the hearing, the administrative law judges who approve the claims can decide to reopen claims that were previously denied.

An attorney who has experience in this area of the law may assist clients with filing initial claims for disability benefits. If the initial claims have been denied, the attorney may explain the appeals process and may advocate on behalf of clients during subsequent hearings.The attorney may assist with obtaining the necessary documentation that proves a client’s disability and how long the client has been unable to work because of it.