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SSDRC Disability Blog

Can I receive back pay if I am approved for disability because of my migraines?

Yes, you can receive back pay if you are approved for disability because of migraines.

Social Security disability back pay benefits are not determined by your disabling condition. Back pay benefits are determined by two things: 1. the date you file your disability application, and 2. how long you have been out of work, or have worked but your earnings were under the limit for work activity, known as substantial gainful activity, or simply SGA.

Social Security will pay retroactive benefits for up to twelve months if you were not performing SGA for seventeen months prior to you application date. If you have been unable to work but have not been out of work seventeen months, you still may receive some retroactive disability benefits.

Additionally, Social Security pays for all months you were entitled to receive disability benefits. This means, if you have to appeal your disability claim all the way to an administrative law judge, you may have a substantial back payment of benefits when you consider the retroactive pay plus all the other months it took to get your disability approved.

If you file for disability, it is extremely important to file an appeal if you are denied, as it determines the amount of any future disability back pay benefits.

If you do not appeal your claim, you will lose any retroactive benefits established by your filing date. You would just have to start over with the date you file your new claim, even if you still have not been able to work.

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

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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

Social Security Disability status, How to check
How to find if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to qualify for disability, who qualifies?
Qualify for disability, eligibility requirements, criteria
How long does a request for a disability hearing take?
How Long Will it Take To Get a Disability Decision Letter from Social Security?
How long does it take to get or be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
Applying for disability, how to apply, where to go
When should you File for Disability benefits
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability