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I was helping a friend file his claim, online, yesterday and noticed that the instructions for date of disablity onset state that if you don't know which day of the month you last worked you should use the "2nd" as the date. By doing this SSDI screws you out of one month of benefits, since benefits start with the first full month after your disability date. I would recommend, when in doubt, you use the "28th" day of the prior month. jmo

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PR, thanks for helping your friend. Good tip.

I won in front of an ALJ November 17th, 2008. Do you have any idea how long it takes to start getting paid and how long to get the retro? I suppose every state is different. Thanks. Terry Sturgis

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Terry , a friend's sister was awarded by ALJ, w/o a hearing, in late 5/08. She received her award notice early 6/08, started receiving monthly checks in mid 7/08 and retro wasn't received until mid 9/08. Her lawyer was paid even before she started receiving her regular monthly check. I think it varies case by case. You can call the local SSA office and they can give you an idea.

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PR, thanks for helping your friend. Good tip.

I won in front of an ALJ November 17th, 2008. Do you have any idea how long it takes to start getting paid and how long to get the retro? I suppose every state is different. Thanks. Terry Sturgis

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