Social Security Back Pay status

Questions about your Disability back pay and its status

If you are approved for disability, Social Security Disability (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI), the chances are there may be a back payment of benefits. In, fact, it is usually likely considering that the majority of SSDI claims and SSI claims are denied and when they are approved after one or more appeals, quite a bit of time has gone by meaning that Social Security ends up owing the claimant a disability back payment.

If your disability claim was approved at an administrative law judge disability hearing, you most certainly will be entitled to a back payment of disability benefits. Sometimes, it takes some time to get your back payment of benefits, especially if your disability claim had to go before an ALJ (administrative law judge).

Once the judge makes their determination, it is sent to decision writers to create the formal decisional document. From there, the decision is sent to a payment center to effectuate. The payment center is responsible for paying representation fees, completing workman's compensation offsets, and completing SSI offsets (should a claim be concurrent).

All of this takes time and very often you will receive your first disability benefits prior to receiving your back payment of benefits. There is no way to directly contact the payment center personnel for a status of your back payment and your local office can only check the system to see if they are working on it.

Your experience will most likely be different if you are approved at your initial disability claim, or if you are approved on a reconsideration appeal. Your back payment will most likely come sooner, as a result of local effectuation by the office handling your disability claim. And, you can check for a status of your back payment with the claims specialist (at the Social Security office) working on your disability claim.

If you have a disability lawyer or a disability representative handling your case, of course, that individual will be the individual you should contact to check on the status of your disability back pay.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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