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How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?

How disability back pay works can be very confusing. But, we can quickly state the following:

1. Most approved claims will result in a person receiving SSD or SSI back pay;

2. The longer your case goes on (most claims will involve not just an application but also appeals), the more back pay you may potentially be owed;

3. There are no limits on how much back pay you may be owed since this is based on, essentially, how long you have to wait for an approval.

How does back pay work?

Social Security Disability back pay is based on your date of onset and date of entitlement. What is a date of onset? Simply, the date you became unable to work due to your condition or conditions.

Additionally, Social Security has established a five-month waiting period, for which you are never paid. For example, if it was decided by the social security administation that you became disabled on 2/15/23 (let us further assume that this was the date you stopped working), then your date of entitlement (the date you are entitled to a disability benefit) would be 8/23, or August 2023.

Having said all this, however, another way of answering the question of how back pay works is to say that:

1. For Social Security Disability claims, a claimant may potentially be eligible to receive disability benefits as far back as the date of their application for Social Security Disability. This, of course, is based on whether or not the claimant's medical evidence actually justifies an onset date this far back. And the amount of back pay that a claimant may be eligible to receive will be lessened by the five month waiting period. Special note: for Social Security Disability claims, claimants may also be potentially eligible to receive benefits for 12 retroactive months preceding their month of application.

2. For SSI disability claims, there are no retroactive disability payment months and there is no five month waiting period. Therefore, a claimant who has been approved for SSI disability benefits may potentially be eligible to receive benefits back to the date of their application for disability. Whether or not a person will actually receive backpayment benefits this far back will be based on whether or not their medical evidence supports an early enough date of onset (known as an "established date of onset").

As you can see, back pay can be a complex and confusing issue. And this can be doubly true in instances where an individual has been approved for both SSD and SSI. However, here are several key things to remember about Social Security Disability, SSI, and the issue of back pay.

1. The amount of back pay that you receive will depend on when you file your disability application. For this reason, if you are procrastinating about filing for disability, stop procrastinating and get your claim filed.

2. How far back your disability began (based on the evidence) will have an effect on how much back pay you can receive. For this reason, supply full and complete information about your medical records, including older medical records as well as current medical records.

3. Your onset date (when you became disabled) can be argued by your social security attorney, and this is usually done most effectively at a hearing before an administative law judge.

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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

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Who is eligible for SSI disability?

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For the sake of clarity, 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.

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