IF SOCIAL SECURITY FINDS YOU ARE DISABLED, BUT THE DATE THEY USE FOR THE DISABILITY IS LATER THAN WHAT YOU THINK IT IS, CAN YOU APPEAL THAT?

You can appeal the decision. You normally have 65 days from the date of the decision to appeal it. The appeal will probably be a Request for Hearing. Normally, you can do a hearing online. In these instances, they usually do not allow you to do it online. You will have to do it by mail. You should mail it certified mail, return receipt. That way, you can prove the dates you file the appeal.

Normally I would go ahead and suggest you do the appeal, but you have to be aware of the following. If you eventually go to a hearing, the ALJ can reverse the prior decision and you can lose everything. On the other hand, you may be able to get the back pay. One of the issues will be whether the medical records show that you were unable to work prior to the date that Social Security has picked I have found that if you are over 50, and there are medical records to support a serious condition, you have an excellent chance that the ALJ will award benefits earlier than the date originally awarded. The reason is that if you are over age 50, and your prior 15 years of work has been standing, and now you are limited to a sedentary job, you can be awarded disability even though you can work in a sedentary position. If you are under 50, it is still worth looking into. You can appeal the decision, and, if you find that the records are not going to support an earlier date of disability, you can always withdraw your appeal.

You should hire an attorney immediately so that the appeal can be done in a timely fashion. After you do the appeal, he will have access to the medical records we had access to. Both of you can then make a determination whether it makes sense to go forward or simply accept the benefits as is.