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When Do You Get A Social Security Disability Award Letter And What Does It Say?



 
Social Security will notify you when you are approved for disability or denied disability through the mail. When you receive your Social Security award letter depends upon the level of the disability process you were awarded disability benefits.

If you are awarded disability benefits at the initial disability claim level, or even the reconsideration appeal level, you should receive your award letter soon after the decision is made.

Social Security initial disability claims and reconsideration appeal medical decisions are made at a state disability agency and once they approve your disability claim it is sent back to your local Social Security office for final adjudication.

A Social Security claims representative (CR) at the local office adjudicates your Social Security Disability approval, which triggers the system to generate your Social Security Disability award letter.



Your award letter will give you your monthly disability payment amount along with the date or month you are entitled to disability payments. It will also tell you the approximate date you should expect to receive your first disability payment.

If you are awarded Social Security Disability benefits at the administrative law judge hearing appeal, you may have a longer wait for your award letter.

You will first receive a Notice of Decision. This notice is simply to notify a disability claimant of their hearing decision. A Notice of Decision can be an approval or denial of disability benefits. If you are awarded Social Security Disability, this notice will state you have been approved for disability benefits and not much more.

You may not receive your official award notice for a few weeks. Administrative law judge hearing approvals are sent to regional payment centers to be processed. Regional payment centers have to process thousands of disability cases and are often understaffed.

In fact, it is not unusual for a disability claimant to actually receive their Social Security payment prior to receiving their formal award letters.

If you are represented by a disability lawyer or a non-attorney representative, this individual will be able to do periodic status checks as to how the processing of your back pay is going.








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