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Overview of Disability

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How long does Disability take?

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Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

Disability Awards and Notices

Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions

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How long should it take to get my disability award letter, back pay, and monthly checks?

I had my hearing on Feb 27th; at that time the judge said I was approved for SSI and disability dating back to June 2011. As of March 2nd, my file has been at the underwriter and is still unassigned. How long will it take to receive my award letter and my back pay and first monthly payments?

What administrative law judges at disability hearings do not point out is that even though they may tell a claimant how they will decide a claim, they, themselves, do not write their own decisions. This task of writing the notice of award is left to workers known as decision writers who also work at the hearing office and who, like judges, have backed up cases to process.

Unfortunately, there is no way to know the exact amount of time it will take for you to get your award letter or when you will get your back pay. It can often come down to the backlogs that exist in your region, i.e. the hearing office that heard your claim.

As has been true for the last decade, Social Security is under a lot of pressure to get beneficiaries into pay status so you should be getting your award notice soon and your continuing pay will soon follow. Perhaps, your monthly benefits will start before you even get your award notice. This does happen.

Hope you get your benefits soon.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
When Do You Get A Social Security Disability Award Letter And What Does It Say?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
The Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI How are they different Part II