Your Colorado disability lawyer will counsel you that once you have received a favorable decision, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will automatically begin processing your benefit award. However, you may have some questions as to how exactly the process works.
How Far Back Will My Benefits Go?
Your benefits do not begin on the date you were found to be disabled, but rather begin on either of one or two dates. There is a waiting period of five full calendar months to ensure you are, in fact, disabled. Therefore, the date your benefits actually begin is either five full months after the date you are found to be disabled or 12 months before the date of application, whichever is later.
What Will Be the Dollar Amount of My Benefits?
The amount of your monthly benefit is shown in your SSA file. However, the amount you actually receive may be higher. In some cases, all you earnings may not have been posted. Additionally, as a Colorado disability lawyer will remind you, cost of living increases are applied every December.
Will I Receive Notice From the SSA Explaining My Benefits?
Yes, you will receive what is known as a Notice of Award, which will show:
- The date of entitlement
- The amount of your monthly benefit
- The amount of your back benefits
- The amount withheld for direct payment of your Colorado disability lawyer’s fees
Additionally, the Notice may provide information regarding Medicare eligibility and premium amount, as well as inform you of when you may expect to receive a continuing disability review.
When Can I Expect to Receive the Notice of Award?
Typically, the Notice arrives about the time you receive your check for past due benefits, but is sometimes delayed due to the high volume of SSA claims processed.
John Cimino, a Colorado disability lawyer, provides counsel and advice on all SSA matters. If you have become disabled to the extent that you are not able to work for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for SSD. Call 1-800-626-6437 for a free, no obligation consultation.