Social Security Disability and SSI back pay
Many people have questions about filing for disability and some of those questions concern the topic of back pay. First of all, filing for disability in Colorado is the same as applying for disability in any state. The national system has few differences between the various states, other than approval statistics and wait times. Back pay is not an issue that differs in any one state.
What is back pay? Simply this: if you apply for disability in Colorado and are found to be disabled, you will claim, or allege a certain date as the start of your disability. This is your AOD, or alleged onset date. A review of your medical records will determine whatever is decided will be your actual EOD, or established onset date. This will usually be a date in the past, often years in the past by the time Social Security actually makes a decision on your case.
Why years in the past? It may be that you became disabled a long time ago, but, typically, a big part of the reason is that disability cases take a very long time to get completed. If a hearing before a judge is involved, you may be talking 2-3 years. Simply put: the longer a case takes before it gets approved, the more potential back pay there will be.
The following pages discuss back pay, but also the topic of retroactive benefits which can add to back pay, but are not the same thing.
1. Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it.
2. How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
3. What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security Disability?
4. How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
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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