When you file your disability claim, you need to identify exactly when you became disabled. Getting this date right the first time can save you months on getting a decision. If you don’t have it right, it can hold up your claim, especially when Social Security is already backlogged.

What is Your AOD?

So what is your AOD? Many people think this is when they first started experiencing symptoms of their disability. But this is not the case. Your AOD is actually the day you were unable to work at a level Social Security calls “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA.” To put it simply, SGA means you are able to work enough to make more than $1,130 per month.

 How Do I Choose My AOD?

You AOD is going to be the first month where you were unable to make $1,130. If you had to quit your job due to your disabilities on July 1, 2015 and you got your last paycheck on July 15, 2015, then July 1, 2015 will be your AOD. If you had to cut down your hours due to your disability and were no longer making SGA, the last date of your regular schedule will be your AOD.

What if I Have Never Worked?

If you have never worked you can still apply for disability benefits. When choosing your AOD you will look at the date you were first diagnosed with the condition that is keeping you from working. This will also be the case for those who have worked but not at a SGA level of income.

Call a Utah Disability Lawyer

Filing for disability is difficult. There is a lot of red tape and tiny rules that can be impossible to keep up with. Having an experienced disability attorney can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. You can have peace of mind knowing that your claim is being handled correctly. We do not get paid until you do, call today for your free consultation.

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