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How long will it take to start getting disability benefits after you have received an award notice?

If you have received your SSI or Social Security disability award at the initial disability application or reconsideration appeal level, you will receive your benefits sooner than an individual who has been approved at the hearing level. Why is this? Initial disability claims and reconsideration appeals approvals are sent back immediately to local Social Security offices from Disability Determination Services (where disability cases are evaluated on the basis of medical evidence and vocational factors) to be adjudicated.

Once your claim is back in your local office, a social security claims representative, or CR, completes all the necessary actions to get your claim into disability pay status.

Generally, they are able to quickly adjudicate your disability claim and you will receive your Social Security disability or SSI benefits the month you are entitled to receive disability benefits.

What do I mean by month of entitlement? The month of entitlement is the actual month that you are entitled to receive disability benefits. You may have a future month of entitlement, because of the mandatory five month waiting period for Social Security disability claims for which you are not entitle to receive disability benefits (note: SSI claims are not subject to a waiting period).

If you do not have a future month of entitlement, your disability benefits may still be delayed if additional actions are needed to clear your disability claim for payment. If your disability claim requires a manual action to clear it for payment, it could take a little longer for you to receive disability benefits after you have been approved.

Administrative law judge hearing allowances take longer to process, because most administrative law judge hearing decisions are written by decision writers rather than the judge. This means the decision writer must write the decision then send it to the ALJ for their approval. Once the ALJ has signs off on the written hearing decision, it is sent to a Social Security payment Center for processing. All of this takes time; therefore some individuals will not receive payment for a couple of months after they are approved for disability benefits (see Tips for Getting Disability Approved).

According to the Social Security Administration, SSA is constantly striving to improve their disability approval processing times no matter at what level an individualís disability claim is approved. They realize that most disability applicants are experiencing financial hardships during the disability process and it is important for them to receive their disability benefits as soon as possible.

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

Related pages:

Chances of being denied disability after an examination
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and SSD Benefits?
To qualify for disability, how severe must a condition be?
How Do You Qualify For Disability If You Donít Have Money To Go To the Doctor?
How does Social Security determine if I am disabled?
SSI reconsideration
How long will it take to get a decision on SSD or SSI after a medical examination?

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria