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Is it too late for file for last year's disability benefits, or retroactive benefits?

I read about retroactive benefits on your website but I am not sure if it answers my question regarding disability from last year. I was on STD from May until August 5 last year & just found out I could have qualified & filed for SSDI. Is it too late to apply for last year's benefits?

No, it is not "necessarily" too late to apply for last year's benefits as you put it. But it depends on which program your disability claim is taken in. For SSI, the answer is no. SSI does not have retroactive benefits and you can only receive back pay from the time you filed your application. The clock starts ticking from the date of an SSI application.

So, it is always good, if you believe you are disabled, to get the claim filed as soon as possible. Ultimately, how much back pay you can receive will depend on how long it takes to get approved, which will often involve a disability application and one or more appeals.

If your disability application is filed under SSD, or Social Security Disability, you can actually get back pay benefits for 12 retroactive months prior to the date of your SSD application. Five of those months will be wiped out by something known as the five month waiting period, of course. But at least, in the case of an application for SSD, you can actually get disability benefits for a time before you actually filed, i.e. retroactive benefits and, as you put it "last year's benefits".

Mind you, this is all contingent on filing and getting approved for SSD versus SSI, and having your medical evidence actually establish that you meet the requirements of disability for title II Social Security Disability.

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

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Does Social Security Hold Back The First five Months Of Back Pay?
What is Social Security Disability Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?
Do you always get disability back payments from social security?
Are there retroactive Social Security Benefits payable when reduced early retirement is taken at 62?
Can I get Retroactive SSI Disability Benefits?
What is the regulation for SSDI Retroactive Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
Can a Disability Examiner or Judge make a Social Security Approval with Old Medical Records?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI