Social Security back pay is the back pay of disability benefits for people that have months of entitlement to past benefits. How far back the payments will be depends upon three factors:
- The date that you first filed a disability application
- The date that you first became unable to work
- The five month waiting period, enforced by Social Security
Since most initial applications are denied, the back pay amount can be substantial because of the amount of time between applying and approval. There is a difference between Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income. These differences affect the back pay of benefits.
The differences include, SSI benefits are not entitled to retroactive disability benefits so the entitlement date cannot be earlier than the date the disability application was filed. There is also no waiting period for SSI as there is with Social Security benefits. Social Security disability benefits are not restricted to a maximum back pay amount.
The disability determination process is long and drawn out and the disability examiner has no deadline. Claimants receive a decision within a few months but some can take as long as a year. There are a number of factors that can impede the progress of the case, but the most common is problems receiving the medical records that are essential in making a decision. Some cases have to be put on hold until results of various treatment options are gathered.
Hire A Los Angeles Social Security Lawyer
Anytime that your are working to get Social Security Disability benefits you should seek the help of an experienced Los Angeles social security lawyer. Call Tony Adderley Law Offices for a free consultation. Tony Adderley is well aware of the denial of first time benefit applications and the confusion that comes along with it. Call (310) 526-8292, in Los Angeles.