Los Angeles SSD Attorney Reviews Back Payments and Retroactive Disability Benefits
SSD Back Payments
Despite its effort to help those in need, the Social Security system is notorious for making those with legitimate disabilities wait an up to two years or longer to obtain their rightful benefits. If you or someone you care about is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the skilled legal team at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you recover the full and fair amount of benefits you are entitled to receive, which may include back payments and/or retroactive disability benefits.
To learn about your rights and entitlements, please consult with us as soon as possible to ensure you take the proper steps to support your claim. We provide free and thorough case evaluations to help you make an informed decision about your future. Call (800) 438-7734. Se habla español.
What are Back Payments?
If your SSDI or SSI claim has been approved, you are likely eligible to receive payments for past due benefits that had been delayed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). When determining the amount of “backpay” you may be entitled to recover, the SSA will evaluate when you submitted your application, the date of disability, and whether you had to wait the standard five months for SSDI benefits.
If you are receiving benefits based on SSDI, you will be entitled to back payments starting at least five months after the established onset date of your disability, as determined by the DDs examiner or administrative law judge.
On the other hand, if you have been approved for benefits based on SSI, your potential back payments will start the month after you filed your application.
Receiving Back Payments
Generally, back payments are provided in installments separated by six months, unless you qualify for only SSDI benefits, in which case you may be able to receive back payments in one lump sum. However, if a qualifying SSI applicant is not expected to live more than 12 months or will not be eligible for benefits within the next 12 months, he or she may be eligible for a lump sum payment. Consult with a knowledgeable attorney to understand the type of payments you may be able to receive.
What are Retroactive Disability Benefits in Los Angeles?
Retroactive benefits apply to the months in which you were disabled and unable to work but had not applied for disability benefits. Retroactive benefits are only available to SSDI applicants. This means that if your established onset date of disability was 10 months before the application date, for example, you will be eligible for five months of retroactive benefits.
Securing Essential Disability Benefits
The amount of time and effort it takes to successfully obtain disability benefits is understandably daunting, but an experienced Van Nuys Social Security Disability attorney can make the process easier and more efficient. Do not delay in applying for the financial benefits after you or a loved one has sustained a disability. Contact Kenton Koszdin and his accomplished legal team to support your disability claim from start to finish. We also provide free, in-home consultations throughout Southern California.