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Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Do you always get disability back payments from social security?

There are occasional cases in which a person may get approved for Social Security Disability or SSI and not receive back payments. But typically this is not the case. In fact, it is probably safe to say that nearly everyone who files for disability will receive some amount of back pay. And, usually, in most cases they will receive thousands of dollars in back pay.

Why does nearly every applicant for disability benefits receive back pay? For two reasons. The first is that under the title II program (Social Security Disability), an applicant may actually receive benefits for a retroactive period that can be as much as twelve months prior to the date of application. The second and more obvious reason is because the disability claim process tends to drag on for quite some time before an individual can hope to receive their benefits.

How does back pay work? We should discuss this from the standpoint of Social Security Disability claims versus SSI claims.

Back pay and Social Security Disability

For Social Security Disability, back pay will be payable back to the date of application, and, in some cases may be paid retroactively for up to twelve months prior to the date of application. What determines whether or not a claimant will qualify for retroactive social security benefits? It depends on the onset date for the claim.

When a person makes a claim to file for disability, they state an AOD, or alleged onset of disability. This is basically their opinion of when their disability began. When the claim has been processed and a decision has been made that results in an approval for disability, the case will have an EOD, or established date of onset. This is the social security administration's opinion of when the claimant's disability began, based on their review of the medical evidence.

The established onset date will greatly determine how much the claimant can receive in back pay benefits. However, there is yet another factor that must be taken into consideration. And that factor is the five month waiting period.

What is the five month waiting period? It basically refers to the fact that, even after the established onset date has been determined, social security will not pay benefits for the first five months that the claimant is considered to be disabled. After the five month waiting period has passed, the date of entitlement, also known as the month of entitlement, begins. It is from this point forward that a person who has been approved for Social Security Disability may begin to receive their benefits.

It should be pointed out, however, that the term "five month waiting period" is potentially misleading. In most instances, by the time a case has actually been approved so much time will have gone by that the five month waiting period will have been served out.

Back pay and SSI Disability

For SSI disability back pay is a simpler matter. There is no potential period of retroactivity and there is no five month waiting period. When a claim for SSI disability has been approved, the claimant will be eligible to receive disability back pay payments back to the date of application of the SSI claim.

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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