A class member will be found disabled if he/she received a favorable decision awarding benefits for any subsequent
period of disability; and
the medical evidence relevant to that determination or decision demonstrates that,
given the class member's condition at the time of the favorable determination or decision,
it is reasonable to presume that he/she was disabled as of the date of the prior administrative
determination which resulted in class membership (i.e., the earliest Dixon claim); or
absent evidence to the contrary, a class member was 55 years of age or older at the
time of the administrative determination which resulted in class membership.
If these presumptions are not overcome by evidence to the contrary and the class member
will be found to be disabled as a result, he/she will be found disabled from the earliest
date based on the application(s) which results in class membership up to the date
of onset established by the subsequent allowance, regardless of whether the subsequent
allowance is continuing, ceased or was a closed period.