In your Social Security Disability case, there are lots of key dates and other pieces of vital information that will be essential elements of the evidence you provide to the Social Security Administration. Keeping up with all of them is extremely important because an error with any one of them can be the thing that trips up your Social Security Disability case and leads to your receiving no benefits. Don’t let that happen to you. Make sure you have effective and detail-oriented Chicago Social Security Disability counsel handling your case for you.
DLI, which stands for “date last insured,” is one of those key pieces of information, and it was at the center of one case recently decided by the federal appeals court here in Chicago. In that case, K.M. was diagnosed with lupus. Over the years, K.M.’s lupus caused deterioration in his mental functioning and motor speed. K.M. filed for Social Security Disability benefits based on his lupus along with other problems.
A Social Security Disability claimant’s DLI is extremely important for a number of reasons. One of those is that it may limit the medical evidence you can use in your case. If a medical opinion is composed after your DLI and is based on symptoms that you did not exhibit until after your DLI, then it can be disregarded in determining your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. In ruling against K.M., the ALJ assigned to his case refused to consider several of K.M.’s supporting medical documents, including two reports from a neurologist and an opinion provided by a counselor, precisely because each of them was created after K.M.’s DLI.