Reviewing your Social Security file – Part 2 Critical Dates

What’s the next thing to review in the Social Security exhibit file after the medical records? Check these critical dates: Alleged Onset Date (AOD)Date Last Insured (DLI)!

The E section usually contains for two documents that provide this information:

  • “Disability Report – Field Office”
  • “Disability Report – Appeal”

These reports also tells you whether Social Security thinks there should be a later (or earlier) alleged onset date and Social Security also discussed whether work after the alleged onset day was an unsuccessful work activity or not a substantial gainful activity.

I have been in a number of hearings where being able to point out that Social Security previously noted a claimant’s past work as an unsuccessful work attempt made all the difference.