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Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C.
Northern California SSI & SSDI Appeals
510-992-6934

Are you familiar with these Social Security Disability terms?

There may come a time in your life when you're dealing with an injury or ailment that keeps you away from your job. Since you're unable to earn a living, it's important to learn more about the many types of compensation you're entitled to.

For example, Social Security Disability benefits may be available to you if you're unable to return to work in the near future.

As you learn more about the social security disability system, it's important to understand these terms:

  • Alleged onset date: This is the date you were first unable to work because of your disability. If your claim is approved, this date may control the point where you are officially considered disabled.
  • Back pay: This is the amount of money you're due between your onset date and the date of your actual approval for benefits.
  • Cessation: If you're able to return to work, the cessation date is when your benefits stop.
  • Residual functional capacity: This defines your remaining abilities after your disability, which impacts the type of employment you can take on.

Even if you're familiar with these terms and your legal rights, there's no guarantee that everything will go as planned.

For example, many people receive a denial letter the first time they file a claim. Fortunately, you're permitted to appeal a denial, thus giving you plenty of chances to provide the necessary information and prove your case.

If you're eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, don't give up until you receive the compensation that's owed to you. The money you receive will help you get by as you deal with your injury or illness.

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