Bills have been piling up for months. Medical treatment is expensive, and your income stopped the day you could no longer work. It’s a relief, learning your disability claim has been approved. But you may be left wondering when and how you will receive your Social Security Disability Insurance payments.
The Application Process
People applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits face an uphill battle. The paperwork must be complete and accurate, with all supporting documentation. Even then, about 65% of disability claims are denied the first time they are submitted.
After approval, the wait is not always over. But when will the money arrive?
It can take up to 90 days to start receiving benefits. If you haven’t received any checks by that point, definitely check with the Social Security Administration to see why. For even faster results, ask your attorney to check on the status of your payments.
The date your disability started is usually called the “established onset date.” You may be eligible to receive payments for the time between your established onset date and the date your claim was approved.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits accrue from the date you filed your application. SSI back pay is not usually paid in a lump sum.
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits accrue differently than SSI benefits. SSDI accrual starts either:
- from the date the application was filed, or
- up to 12 months before the date of application, minus the five-month waiting period.
Your backpay may increase if you have to appeal a denial of your claim. Also, back pay sometimes is paid fairly quickly. If you also receive SSI benefits, you may see a reduction in those benefits.
Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Is Hard. We Can Help.
The application process can be long and frustrating. Mistakes made by someone who doesn’t know the law could delay or eliminate your disability payments.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience in the legal field. Call us at 714-385-8100 to set up a free consultation or fill out our Contact Form. Though our office is conveniently located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.