What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
The Social Security Disability Five Month Waiting Period
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Social Security disability requires a five month waiting period beginning with the month following the month that an individual became unable to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) or work activity. For example, if a person become disabled on 06/11/2018 their five month waiting period will last through 11/30/2018. They will actually be entitled to their monthly Social Security disability benefits beginning 12/18.
Does an individual have to necessarily wait for five months after being given a social security disability award notice before they can begin receiving disability benefits? No, and that is because the five month waiting period may have already been “served” if a person’s onset date is set far enough back and particularly if the case has “dragged on” for many months, or perhaps years.
Determining a person's onset date can have a major effect on A) whether or not they are required to lose their first five months of benefits, B) whether or not they will have to wait to receive coverage under medicare, and C) how much back pay they may receive.
A claimant's onset date will be determined solely on the existence of medical records that document that the individual was, in fact, disabled as of a certain date. This is why disability representatives (meaning a claimant's disability representative or an attorney) typically seek to establish the most favorable onset date possible by seeking older as well as newer records. It is also why claimants who fail to file their appeals on time and then later reapply disadvantage themselves: by starting over with a new filing date, they potentially lose thousands of dollars in back pay.
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Social Security Disability Requirements
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Social Security Disability List of Impairments
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The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
Will I Qualify For SSI, How Do I Get Approved?
Decisions On Disability - How Social Security Decides Claims
Social Security Disability Information and Seminar
Tips for Getting Disability Approved When you File with Social Security
Winning Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Disorders
Is there a Maximum I can Work and Make if I am on SSD or SSI Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
Will the the SSA Disability Examiner Call or Contact Me at some point?
What Percentage Of Social Security Disability Cases Does A Judge Deny?
What Happens If I Miss My Social Security Appeal Date?
The Social Security Award Letter
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Mental Disability Benefits and What Social Security will Consider
Getting a disability lawyer in Mississippi
Steps for Filing A Disability Claim Under SSI or SSD
Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney
Does The Social Security Judge Use The Same Rules As The Disability Examiner?
Bursitis and Filing for Disability
Where do you call to get the status of your Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
Getting a disability lawyer in Minnesota
Why Will A Social Security Disability Application Get Denied? (SSDI Denial)
How Does Social Security Disability Make Its Decision?
Can I get SSI for RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis?
When Social Security Disability Is Awarded Do You Get A Notice, And What Does It Say?
SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials